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Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain
Can Chiropractic get rid of my neck pain?
There are many causes of neck pain. It is always important to get the correct diagnosis before you have treatment. Chiropractors take a thorough case history and perform a full physical examination to ensure you get the right treatment. Chiropractors are very successful in helping people with neck pain.
This is a list of some common neck problems, but the list is not exhaustive.
Cervical Facet Syndrome
This is when the small facet joints in the vertebra in your neck stiffen up. It typically gives rise to a dull, achy sensation. It often feels stiff and tight on movement. You may have trouble turning your neck fully. It could be giving you headaches, or referred pain into your shoulder. This type of neck pain is most commonly due to poor posture and bad lifestyle habits.
Cervical Disc Bulge/ Disc Herniation
This is when the outer annular fibres of the discs in your neck weaken, causing the disc to bulge. This may put pressure on surrounding sensitive structures in your neck, including the nerves and can cause severe pain, which may radiate into the arm. It is often as a result of neck injury, but can happen gradually over time.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
This is when the muscles in your neck tighten up. The muscles form “trigger points” which feel like “knots” in the muscle.
This is normally a painful spasm of the SCM muscle, which makes it very difficult to turn your head in any direction without pain. Infants may suffer with torticollis due to birth trauma.
This is when the joints in your neck show signs of “wear and tear”. You may feel that your neck makes noises as you turn your head, and it often feels worse first thing in the morning.
Whiplash Associated Disorders
Following a neck injury, you can suffer with a range of neck, shoulder and arm problems. It is very important to rule out a fracture, so a Cervical X-ray may be necessary. Our Chiropractors can refer you for a digital X-ray if indicated.
Chiropractic treatment is effective in providing relief for all the above neck pain problems. Chiropractors use gentle manipulation of the joints in your spine to restore normal movement and decrease pain.
Our Chiropractors use soothing massage to relieve muscle tension that may be stress-related. Hands-on treatment is always combined with advice on pillows, posture, corrective exercises and healthy lifestyle.
There are more serious causes of neck pain such as meningitis and myelopathy. Your chiropractor is trained to detect these problems and can refer you to your GP, or a specialist to ensure you get the right care quickly.