Neck pain can bring your world to a painful halt. Whether it stems from an acute injury such as whiplash or a long-simmering degenerative condition, nagging neck pain can make even a good night's sleep an impossible dream. At the same time, however, you may be hesitant to pursue risky solutions such as neck surgery, while heavy painkillers provide only temporary relief. But cheer up! Our chiropractor team at Lifetime Health and Wellness offers safe, effective neck pain treatment options for you.
What You Should Know About Neck Pain
Unless you recently experienced an acute auto accident, sports or workplace injury, chances are that your neck pain has actually been a long time in the making. The neck is a more delicate structure than you might think, with its stack of vertebrae and vertebral discs connected by small joints called facet joints, all surrounding sensitive nerve tissue. Even a tiny misalignment between the head and the upper cervical vertebrae can cause imbalances that eventually lead to chronic muscle strain and vertebral joint subluxation. Untreated vertebral joint stress can lead to inflammation and even arthritis in your neck. Other chronic neck pain conditions include spinal stenosis and bulging discs. Ergonomic abnormalities such as the dropped-head posture known as "text neck" can be a key factor in developing chronic neck pain.
Of course, acute neck injuries can and do happen. Perhaps the notorious of them all is whiplash, which occurs when the head is thrown forward and backward in an abrupt and forceful manner, such as in an auto collision. A sudden, violent loss of spinal alignment can cause herniated discs, which in turn can create nerve compression in cervical nerve roots or spinal cord tissue. Meanwhile, neck muscles and other soft tissues may experience severe damage. Symptoms of an acute neck injury may include:
- Tingling, pain and weakness in the hands or arms
- Headaches, neck pain, facial pain or shoulder pain
- Hearing, vision and cognitive abnormalities
- Nausea and dizziness
Chiropractic and Other Natural Treatment Options
Lifetime Heath and Wellness understands the importance of treating, not just your neck pain, but also the underlying causes of that neck pain so you can experience lasting relief. Your chiropractor will perform detailed diagnostics to determine exactly what's wrong (including evaluating the possibility of concussion in accident sufferers). We can then administer natural treatments such as:
- Chiropractic adjustments to restore normal cervical joint function
- Spinal decompression to release pinched nerve tissue
- Graston Technique, Rapid Release Technology (to break up scar tissue from old injuries), and Active Release Technique
- Acupuncture, massage therapy, and cold laser therapy to relieve soft tissue pain and inflammation
- Lifestyle advice such as ergonomic adjustments to avoid "text neck"
Need a Chiropractor for Safe, Effective Neck Pain Relief?
If you want to get rid of your discomfort the safe, natural, non-surgical way, call 303-423-4610 for an appointment with any chiropractor on our team. We're your neck pain experts!