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Neck Pain

Neck-Pain

What causes neck pain?

While this may seem like a question with a very straightforward answer, the truth lies in the fact that the human neck is a complicated structure that can hold a variety of innate issues. Many people find themselves visiting a Chiropractic office for the first time because of a “stiff neck” (pain and a reduced range of motion of the neck and supporting spinal muscles), and usually attribute this to “sleeping funny.” However, the stresses of daily life, working in an environment that supports poor posture (such as computer work or child rearing), and the heavy workload of carrying around a skull can irritate neck muscles to the edge of their threshold. Most people find themselves in pain after a small incident (like sleeping at an odd angle or doing a double-take) due to the straw-that-broke-the-camel’s-back effect of over stressed muscles pulling bones out of place and pinching nerves. Of course, there is always the more direct approach to neck pain, such as a traumatic fall or auto accident injury, in which case the neck muscles experience a sudden onset of the same symptoms.

Symptoms

As with the causes of neck pain, there are actually quite a few symptoms associated with neck pain that can sometimes go unaccounted for. Here is a list of the most common physical symptoms related to neck pain:

  • Pain along the front of the neck
  • Pain along the back of the neck
  • Pain along the tops of the shoulders
  • Numbness in fingers or hands
  • Tingling in the fingers or hands
  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Ringing in the ears

Treatment and Recovery

The treatment of neck pain is a relatively simple process, although the amount of treatments and the recovery time will vary depending on the severity of the injury. Here at the Head Neck and Spine Center of San Diego we have a team of chiropractic doctors who specialize in treating neck and back pain, as well as all the related symptoms. Most neck pain can be treated with simple and extremely safe neck adjustments, coupled with an array of other therapies, such as therapeutic massage, heat therapy, ultrasound, and eletromuscle stimulation. Our doctors are also well versed in the diagnosis of more serious neck injuries, such as spinal disc bulges and ruptures, bone fractures, and dislocations. If an injury cannot be safely treated with Chiropractic care or needs a secondary therapy we have a vast network of Orthopedic surgeons, imaging facilities, physical therapists, and pain management specialists for your convenience. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above please call our office for a free consultation!

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