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Chiropractic Care for Pain and Discomfort in the Neck Area
What is Neck Pain?
Neck pain is often related to loss of the normal curve of the neck. This irritates
the nerves in the cervical area and localises the pain accordingly. Usually the
cause is pinched nerves in the cervical area or inflammatory processes around
them. In this case, to achieve a long-term effect, it is necessary to rehabilitate the
soft tissues and to treat all spinal dysfunctions.
Common Neck Pain Symptoms
Common symptoms associated with neck pain usually involves one or more of the following:
Stiff neck. Soreness and difficulty moving the neck, especially when trying to turn the head from side to side.
Sharp pain. This symptom can be pain localized to one spot and might feel like it’s stabbing or stinging.
Radiating pain. The pain can radiate along a nerve from the neck into the shoulders and arms. The intensity can vary and this nerve pain might feel like it’s burning, achy, and sharp.
Tingling, numbness, or weakness.These sensations can go beyond the neck and radiate into the shoulder, arm or finger. There could be a “pins-and-needles” sensation.
Trouble with gripping or lifting objects. This can happen if tingling, numbness, or weakness in the fingers is present.
Headaches. Sometimes an irritation in the neck can also affect muscles and nerves connected to the head. This could be a tension headache, such as from neck muscles tightening; or occipital neuralgia, where a pinched occipital nerve in the neck causes pain to radiate up into the head’s sides and scalp.
Common causes of Neck Pain
- Disc protrusion and herniations
- Loss of normal neck curve or lordosis
- Forward Head Syndrome
- Irritation/Inflammation of nerves
- Whiplash/ Car Accident
- Sports Injuries
- Working Long periods on computer or phone
- Bad Posture and Spinal Alignment