Struggling with Neck Pain?
You know the old saying, “It's a pain in the neck”? Well, when you live with neck pain in Rogers you understand why this is such an insult. Neck pain can make even the simplest of movements involving the neck, head, arms, shoulders and back excruciatingly difficult. It can lead to headaches and difficulty using your body at all. Immobility caused by neck pain can cause the muscles to become weak and to degenerate over time.
Understanding the root of your neck pain is a necessary step towards acquiring the treatment that will be effective in both short and long term recovery. The following article looks at the causes of neck pain and explains how Rogers chiropractic care can be a useful alternative to conventional treatments.
Neck Pain in Rogers
Although the neck is a relatively small area of the body, it is comprised of some complicated structures which do the important job of holding your head up. The small size of the vertebrae of the neck allows for a lot of mobility, but can also make the neck more vulnerable to injury and pain. Some of the causes of neck pain include:
- Trauma, such as whiplash
- Sleeping position
- Poor Posture
- Repetitive stress
- Abnormalities in the bone structure
- Joint issues
- Muscle strains and pulls
Most of these issues either are caused by or impact the alignment of the spine. When muscles in the neck go into spasm, the spine gets pulled out of alignment. When the spine is misaligned, the nerves become irritated and cause further tension and other systemic problems. Because every nerve in the body has its root in the spinal column, issues that have their source at the neck can have a major impact throughout on every other system.
Many people let spinal problems go uncorrected in Rogers. They hope that if they wait long enough the pain will simply go away. In some cases it will go away, but the misalignment that caused the problem is usually still there. Over time that area can become aggravated, and the pain can return. If the problem is not corrected it can become much more serious. Some patients let things go to the point where surgery may be the only option.
Conventional vs. Holistic Treatments
Most commonly, people try to deal with their neck pain using prescription or over the counter medications. This may help to relieve the symptoms in the short term, but not only are patients dealing with side effects, but the underlying issue goes unaddressed. Massage Therapy has become more popular over the years and this can help to relieve some muscle tightens, but if the issue is in the bones or joints, the problem will remain.
Chiropractic treatment is a holistic practice that addresses the structural cause that leads to the majority neck pain. Following a thorough chiropractic assessment aimed at ruling out other issues and finding the exact source of the problem, a personalized recovery plan is developed. Gentle adjustments to the spine can bring instant relief and restore long term health to the neck and the entire body. Call our team at Northwest Chiropractic & Rehab today to set up a consultation and bring an end to the pain in your neck.
A 2005 study, which consisted of 43,650 claims during a 19 year period, stated that chiropractic treatments over medical services benefited patients with lower treatment costs, less work days lost, lower compensation payments. Not only will treating the actual cause of neck symptoms get you better faster, it has also proven to be much more cost effective than the traditional methods of the medical model.
Phelan SP, Armstrong RC, Knox DG, Hubka MJ, Ainbinder DA. An Evaluation of Medical and Chiropractic Provider Utilization and Costs: Treating Injured Workers in North Carolina. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2004 (Sep); 27 (7): 442–448
How does Chiropractic Stack Up?
A study compared medication, needle acupuncture, and spinal manipulation. The results concluded that Spinal manipulation 3 and 5 times better results when compared to needle acupuncture and medication.
Chiropractic care assesses the cause of the structural deficiencies rather than masking the symptoms.
Chronic Spinal Pain A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Medication, Acupuncture, and Spinal Manipulation
Giles LG, Muller R
Spine 2003 (Jul 15); 28 (14): 1490–1502
The Curve of the Cervical Spine
One study concluded that less than 10% of the patients presenting without pain will have a loss of lordosis. The remaining majority of population with a loss of lodosis will present with symptoms. Restoring the natural curves of the spine helps reduce strain and irritation on the spinal cord and associated nerve roots.
Conclusion: Fewer than 10% of the asymptomatic population will have a loss of the cervical lordosis.
The curve of the cervical spine: variations and significance.
Ericksen, et al
J Clin Chiropractic, 1994; 4(3): p18-19
Chiropractic Care in Maintenance of Neuromuscular Disease
This study compared the effectiveness of pain management and treatment methods. Chiropractic ranked above Nerve block, Narcotics, Muscle relaxors, massage therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy and 9 other treatment methods. Chiropractic’s relief rating on a 0 to 10 scale was a 7.33. Chiropractic while among the most cost effective also has proven to be most beneficial in reducing pain symptoms as well.
Don’t continue to suffer and please do not wait until it is too late. Everyone at Northwest Chiropractic & Rehab in Rogers AR is ready to help you. If you have any questions feel free to call and ask!
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