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:
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 means 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.
While neck pain can be difficult to deal with, patients 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, the Balance 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, Dr. Walker and her team 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.
Good posture is very important in preventing neck pain. Patients may need to continually remind themselves to stand straight, keep the shoulders back, and keep the chin up. Dr. Walker may also recommend certain ergonomic devices that can help patients maintain better posture.
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