Chronic Neck Pain Treatment
Neck pain is a very common problem among the general population, and can be defined as a feeling of discomfort within the neck area. There are many things that can explain the occurrence of neck pain, including (but not limited to):
- Strained muscles
- Worn out joints
- Whiplash injury following a serious auto collision
- Compression of nerves located near the neck
- Certain diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
It is important for you to know the difference between when you are feeling occasional stiffness of the neck, and when you require the help of a chiropractor to alleviate the pain. Sometimes neck pain can be taken care of with small tips such as using a pillow that properly supports your head, or doing some light neck exercises after a long period of sitting down. In some cases, taking a small dose of a pain medication may be all you need.
However, there are crucial signs to watch out for that indicate your neck pain is far worse that what would be considered normal. These include being unable to turn your neck right or left to your shoulder without experiencing pain, any numb or tingling feelings in your hands, and persistent pain after a couple of days even with regular use of over the counter pain medications.
A chiropractor is the best person to go to for treatment of chronic neck pain because they are specifically trained to prevent and alleviate movement-induced pain. They will conduct a full physical examination in which your muscle movement and posture will be assessed for any abnormalities.
Following this, you will be asked a detailed list of questions your current lifestyle habits and behaviors that include diet, exercise, and sleep. This allows them to determine if your neck pain is a result of physical injury, or an underlying disease process that needs to be promptly treated.
With a combination of your physical assessment and your medical history, a chiropractor will be able to discuss and recommend the best course of action for treating your neck pain. With their training and special skill set, they can give a realistic time frame for when to expect the pain to go away, and know the key symptoms to look for in any follow-up visits.
If you are suffering from chronic neck pain, our team at Raleigh Specific Chiropractic can help. The professional staff is knowledgeable, experienced, and fully licensed. Schedule an appointment today, or give us a call at (919) 846-7004.