Neck Pain Specialist
Neck pain can interfere with daily life activities. This type of pain can develop over time, or it may happen quite suddenly. The Balance Wellspace Integrative Medicine team offers neck pain solutions to those who are looking for a natural and non-invasive way to manage their pain and get back to living their life.
Neck Pain Q & A
Why does neck pain occur?
Neck pain can happen for many different reasons. Recent studies indicate that over 10% of people in the United States have neck pain at any given time. Some of the possible reasons for neck pain include:
- Bad Posture
- Extended periods of sitting everyday
- Auto accidents
- Incomplete healing of prior injuries
Another very common cause of neck pain is age-related changes to the discs and joints in the neck. These conditions are known as degenerative disc disease and spondylosis. Both of these conditions can set–in as a person ages because the discs can gradually erode, leaving them unable to deal with impact as effectively as they did before. Smaller discs also mean less space between the neck vertebrae, which can result in a painful compression of those joints. Sometimes the discs grow loose as they shrink, which can result in herniation.
How is neck pain treated?
While neck pain can be difficult to deal with, you don’t have to live with it any longer. Regular spinal adjustments can correct existing issues like whiplash and can help prevent issues like degenerative disc disease and spondylosis. Even healthy people can benefit from periodic spinal alignments.
Spinal adjustments start with a thorough exam. At Balance Wellspace Integrative Medicine, the team will perform a hands-on exam of the entire cervical spine. The patient acts as a guide to explain the location of the pain, the amount of pain, and whether the pain stays in the neck or travels to other areas.
During a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor will gently correct any spinal imbalances that are causing the neck pain. These adjustments are typically performed with only the hands as tools, although specialized instruments can also be used to aid in specific soft tissue manipulation as needed. There are no drugs used, and no invasive techniques are ever used in chiropractic treatment. The goal is to deal with the pain source right where it started, which prevents it from becoming a chronic issue.
What can I do to prevent neck injury and neck pain?
Good posture is very important in preventing neck pain. You may need to continually remind yourself to stand straight, keep the shoulders back, and keep the chin up. The Balance Wellspace Integrative Medicine team may recommend certain ergonomic devices that can help you maintain better posture.