Each year between 30-50% of the general population suffer from neck pain. Almost 50% of all chiropractor’s patients seek help for different neck pain problems, including acute and chronic neck pain, neck kink and whiplash injury. Although there may be many reasons for these problems, the most common are past trauma and hereditary factors. As well as attitude-related symptoms such as stress at work and awkward postures.
Anatomy of the neck
Your neck is made up of vertebrae that extends from the skull to the upper torso. Cervical discs absorb shock between the bones. The bones, ligaments and muscles of your neck support the weight of your head and allow for motion. However, because it’s less protected compared to the remainder of the spine, it can be susceptible to injury and disorders that produce pain and restrict motion. Any abnormalities, inflammation or injury can cause neck pain or stiffness.
Neck pain symptoms
Anyone with a neck sprain may go through an array of possible symptoms.
- Pain, especially in the back of the neck, that worsens with movement
- Pain that peaks a day or so after the injury, rather than immediately
- Muscle spasms and pain in the upper shoulder
- Headache in the back of the head
- Increased irritability, fatigue, trouble sleeping and difficulty concentrating
- Numbness in the arm or hand
- Neck stiffness or decreased mobility (sideways, vertical, circular)
- Tingling or weakness in the arms
Neck pain causes
Many people experience neck pain or stiffness occasionally. In many cases, it’s due to poor posture or overuse. An injury from sports, a fall or whiplash can also cause neck pain. To delve into the most common complaints related to the neck, check the menu bellow.
- Non-specific neck pain
- Cervical radiculopathy
- Cervical disc herniation
- Cervical spine arthritis
- Cervical spine osteoporosis
Most of the time neck pain isn’t a serious condition and can be relieved within a few days. In some cases neck pain can indicate serious injury or illness and require specialised care such as that of a chiropractor. If you have neck pain that continues for more than a week, is severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, seek specialised attention immediately.
Neck pain treatment
Early consultation can reduce late effects that often occur with neck injuries. When you are not quickly improved, or you wonder if something is wrong with your neck, a chiropractor can refer the necessary X-ray, CT, MRI, or even refer to specialists if this proves necessary. However, research has shown that patients with neck pain have benefited from treatment by a chiropractor. There is also good evidence that chiropractic is more effective than other conservative therapies.
The conservative treatment applied at Chiro & Sports Med aims to restore normal function of the locomotor and nervous system to decrease pain, promote overall health and increase quality of life. Treatment will be specifically tailored to each individual. At Chiro & Sports Med our chiropractors mainly uses the hands in the processing and apply a variety of methods and techniques to restore normal function in the joints, muscles, connective tissue and nervous system. These include:
How to relieve neck pain yourself?
- Contact a chiropractor for advice. Gentle Chiropractic treatment can help restore normal joint motion, which will stabilise the spine and result in neck pain relief.
- You can apply a cold pack for 15 to 30 minutes at one time, a couple of times a day for the first 2 or 3 days following the injury. This will assist in reducing inflammation and discomfort.
- Rest neck (painless position) sometimes during the day.
- Perform simple prescribed exercises for neck pain.
- An anti-inflammatory such as voltaren may help reduce the pain and any swelling and muscle relaxants can help ease spasms.