Neck Pain

What is neck pain?

The neck is made up of seven vertebrae and supported by various muscles, ligaments and tendons that keep it flexible and stable. Because the neck is responsible for constantly supporting and moving a 14- to 16-pound head, it is highly susceptible to injury. Neck pain usually occurs when the neck’s joints, muscles, and ligaments become inflamed, and may lead to nerve pain that radiates throughout the arms and upper back. This pain ranges from minor to excruciating and can reduce quality of life. Common symptoms of neck pain include a stiff neck with limited range of motion; sharp or stabbing pain; general soreness or tenderness; or pain that radiates to the shoulders, arms, fingers or head. Neck pain is fairly common, as approximately 17 percent of adults are suffering from neck discomfort at any given time.

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain is caused by a variety of acute and chronic irritations, including—but not limited to—the following:

  • Poor posture
  • Sitting for long periods of time
  • Sleeping in an abnormal position
  • Injuries, such as whiplash
  • Bone misalignment
  • Disc herniation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disorders
  • Growth abnormalities
  • Infections
  • Tumors
  • Cancer

What are some solutions to neck pain?

Depending on the cause of neck pain, treatments include steroid injections, medication management, massage therapy, physical therapy, dietary change, homeopathic supplements, relaxation techniques and acupuncture. Urban Chiropractic can provide an array of solutions leading to a highly comprehensive treatment. Chiropractic care for neck pain includes prevention, such as posture training and consultations, as well as chiropractic adjustments. Adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other parts of the body to reduce inflammation and improve nervous system function. Ultimately, visits to Urban Chiropractic for neck pain may lead to reduced pain, discomfort, and inflammation; improved range of motion and flexibility; increased activity; and a better-quality lifestyle.