Do you suffer from a stiff neck or other aches?
Your neck (cervical spine) is made up of vertebrae that extend from the skull to the upper torso. Cervical disks absorb shock between the bones. The bones, ligaments, and muscles of your neck support your head and allow for motion. Any abnormalities, inflammation, or injury can cause neck pain or stiffness.
Many people occasionally experience neck pain or stiffness in the neck. In many cases, it is due to poor posture, normal wear and tear, or overuse. Sometimes neck pain is caused by injury from a fall, contact sports, or whiplash.
Most of the time, neck pain is not a serious condition and can be relieved within a few days. In some cases, neck pain can indicate serious injury or illness and require a doctor’s care. If neck pain continues for more than a week, is severe, or is accompanied by other symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
The following generally causes neck pain:
- Poor posture
- Working at a desk for too long without changing position
- Sleeping with your neck in a bad position
- Jerking the neck during exercise
What Options Do I Have For Treatment?
Treatment of neck pain depends on the cause. For the vast majority of people, neck pain can be treated conservatively. Recommendations that help alleviate symptoms include the use of hot or cold compresses, body mechanics training, ergonomic reform, and physical therapy.
Exercise plus joint mobilization and/or joint manipulation (spinal adjustment) has been found to be beneficial in both acute and chronic mechanical neck disorders. Both cervical manipulation and cervical mobilization produce similar immediate and short-term changes. Thoracic manipulation may also improve pain and function. Low-level laser therapy has been shown to reduce pain immediately after treatment in acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain.
Do I Need Surgery?
We believe there is a better way! Pain should not be accepted as part of the aging process; drugs and surgery are not your only options; quality of life is important and every moment should be enjoyed to the fullest – pain free!