You Don’t Have to Live With Neck Pain
Neck pain is very common, maybe even more common than you might think. In fact, neck pain is one of the most common symptoms that people go the the chiropractor for. Neck pain can range from a mild stiff neck to severe neck pain that prevents one from being able to work or carry on with normal activities of daily living.
When someone has neck pain, it is either acute or chronic. Acute neck pain is of recent onset and usually due to an injury. Chronic neck pain has usually been present over 3 months, and may have even been present for years. Whether you have acute or chronic neck pain, we can help!
Why is Neck Pain So Common?
The reasons that neck pain is so common has to do with a variety of factors. The cervical spine is composed of 7 vertebrae that are held together by ligaments and muscles. Throughout the day, your neck has to hold up your head, which may be in awkward positions; you may be looking up for prolonged periods of time, or looking down at a cell phone all day. You may sleep in an odd position, or have a job, such as a painter, that has you looking up all day. The most common cause of neck pain seen at our office is usually from a motor vehicle accident and they have a whiplash injury.
There are numerous causes for you to have neck pain or neck stiffness; it is imperative that you seek the care of a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) that has many years of experience. I have literally seen thousands of patients in my career; I would estimate that more than half of them had neck pain. My office has specialized in treating patients with neck injuries since 1983. Dr Astrid Baldrich has worked with me since graduating from chiropractic school. She is dedicated to helping her patients with neck problems such as pain, stiffness, tightness or spasm.
Neck pain and it’s associated spinal misalignments can cause a myriad of other symptoms including:
It is imperative that if you are having any of the above symptoms that you get quality chiropractic care to help treat the cause and not just the symptoms you are experiencing. Chiropractic treatment is very safe, in fact it is safer than spine surgery, neck surgery, taking NSAIDs and aspirin, and even safer than taking an aspirin. Check out the infographic to see how safe neck manipulation really is. You should always seek care soon after any injury, accident or fall that causes neck pain. It is our goal to not only alleviate your symptoms, but to eliminate the cause of your problem as well. Check out my 5 Tips to alleviate stress-induced neck pain.
Help for Stiff Neck
Stiff necks are no fun in your life. When your pain is annoying, that can set you back during the day. However, when that pain is making your head spin and it is putting your life on hold, it may be time to consider alternate care for your neck.
Check out these signs of neck trouble. If you have any 1 of these, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
- Stiffness – The muscle stiffness in your neck doesn’t go away after a couple of days.
- Range of Motion – Moving your head from right to left or up and down causes pain.
- Medication – You need pain medication for your neck pain just to make it through the day.
- Travel – Neck pain that travels from your neck, and causes pain or numbness/tingling into your arms.
- Severity – Your neck pain has been getting progressively worse.
- Recent Injury – If you have experienced a recent injury that may have involved whiplash and it hasn’t healed and improved since the accident.
What Happens Next?
Once it is determined that chiropractic treatment can help you, here’s what you can expect. Chiropractors are like any other doctors; we will sit down with you and discuss your medical history. We will determine your health status and discuss any conditions you have that may be contributing to your neck pain. One of our doctors will then discuss what types of movements make the pain more significant. The physical exam will include, ranges of motion, orthopedic and neurological tests, as well as a palpation exam to feel the tender spots in your neck.
Amara Describes the Relief She Got After Neck Treatment by Dr Spitz
Tips to Keep your Neck at its Best
Here are some great tips to keep your neck functioning at its best.
- Posture – Maintain proper posture when you are standing and even when you are sitting.
- Eye Level – Computer monitors should be at eye level to prevent neck strain.
- Breaks – If you are in the same position for a long period of time take mini breaks to ensure your muscles and neck get a break from lengthy strain.
- Sleep Position – Sleep on your side or your beck and ensure you have a firm pillow.
- Exercise – Take some time throughout the week to exercise your neck and keep the muscles fluid and not tense.
- Source of Stress – Determine the source of the stress that may be giving you tense muscle pain. Find ways to reduce stress in your life and minimize tense muscles.
When looking for a chiropractic office in the Bristol area, we want you to know that we not only care, but we use evidence based treatments to help you with your neck pain. At the Chiropractic Health Center of Bristol, we are a natural alternative to the pain medications that are plaguing our society today. If you are not responding to care, or we do not feel that you have a problem that will be helped with chiropractic treatment we will refer you to the appropriate specialist, or refer you for diagnostic testing such as x-ray, MRI or CT scan.
If you are having neck pain, neck stiffness or neck spasm, and are looking for a Bristol CT chiropractor with experience treating neck pain and whiplash injuries, please call our office as soon as possible. You can call our office at 860-583-4346 or fill in the online form here.
We are here to help you alleviate your pain, and correct the problem that caused it.
Drs Spitz and Baldrich