How to Treat and Prevent Neck Pain

The human neck, which contains the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven vertebrae. That spine supports your head, which on average weighs about 12 pounds. Because your neck is very flexible, it is susceptible to pain and injury. When you have neck pain, you need to come see us at Advantage Chiropractic. We are experts at treating it with chiropractic care.

Among the most common causes of neck pain are injuries or accidents, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, degenerative discs, and of course, poor posture and other wear and tear.

When you first come to our office, Dr. Surbaugh will perform an initial exam to locate the source of your pain. This will include questions about your symptoms, when you first felt the pain, what you have previously done to treat it, where else you may feel pain, and what actions you do that may worsen it. He may do additional tests such as x-rays or an MRI.

Once a diagnosis is reached and chiropractic care is chosen as the right way to go, treatment will begin. This could start with a neck adjustment which is a cervical manipulation. Neck adjustments work to improve your mobility and range of motion. Often, by increasing movement in the neck muscles, pain and stiffness can be reduced.

At times, neck pain spreads throughout the shoulders and arms. We can provide relief by repositioning the bones, relaxing shoulder muscles, and reducing stress on pinched nerves.

In addition, Dr. Surbaugh often recommends home treatments such as stretches and light exercises that patients can do on their own to strengthen the neck and prevent further injury and pain.

Your particular treatment depends on the situation. Patients experiencing neck pain from auto accidents, arthritis, or other injuries may need long-term care. On the other hand, neck pain from poor posture may need short-term care.

Whatever the case may be, we are here and dedicated to treating your neck pain with the proper plan. Contact us at Advantage Chiropractic to book a consultation appointment today.