Your neck is made up of seven vertebra and is supported by many muscles and ligaments. Neck pain most often occurs when the joints, muscles and ligaments in the neck become irritated or inflamed.
Neck pain can range from minor and easily ignored, to excruciating and debilitating. When combined with other symptoms it can also indicate immediate medical attention is needed. Common symptoms of neck pain include:
· Stiff neck that limits your movement
· Sharp or stabbing pain
· General soreness or tenderness
· Radiating pain, that can eventually lead from the neck to shoulders, arms, fingers and head
Although everyone experiences neck pain now and again, it is not something that should be tolerated. Approximately 20 percent of the population is suffering from neck pain and discomfort at any given time. In many instances this is caused by sleeping in an abnormal position, poor posture, work related injuries or whiplash. In rare cases, it can be caused by growth abnormalities, infections, tumors and even cancer.
How Does Chiropractic Care Help With Neck Pain?
Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve swelling and discomfort caused by neck pain. Routine chiropractic care provides patients with neck pain a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications (OTCs), which are commonly prescribed to patients to help them manage their pain and swelling.
Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body in an effort to reduce inflammation and improve function of both the affected joint and nervous system. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage the discomfort in the neck.
Below are some of the health benefits chiropractic adjustments can provide patients with neck pain:
· Reduced pain and discomfort
· Decreased inflammation
· Improved range of motion
· Improved flexibility
· Increased activity and lifestyle
To see if chiropractic care is right for your condition, book a complimentary consultation at Align and Thrive.