Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Two levels of pain can affect the health and function of your neck:

Acute neck pain

Acute neck pain can develop if you overuse your muscles in sports or manual labor. You might also develop acute neck pain if you have poor posture that strains your upper spine muscles. 

This type of pain usually lasts less than six weeks and resolves with rest and over-the-counter medications. However, acute neck pain can also contribute to headaches and migraines.

Chronic neck pain

Chronic neck pain that lasts for six months or longer can develop from underlying injuries or disease that affect your cervical (upper) spine. Common causes of chronic neck pain can include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease

If you have chronic pain from a degenerative disease or an injury but can’t find relief with medications, you may benefit from Integrated Spine & Disc’s chiropractic care services. 

How does chiropractic care treat neck pain?

Chiropractic care focuses on improving the alignment of your whole spine to relieve pressure on surrounding nerves and soft tissues. 

To determine if chiropractic care is the right treatment strategy for you, the chiropractors at Integrated Spine & Disc perform a comprehensive health evaluation. They review your medical history, discuss the symptoms you have, and assess your current health. 

If chiropractic care can benefit your condition, the chiropractors at Integrated Spine & Disc customizes a treatment plan to improve your spine health. They also determine how many chiropractic adjustments you need and how often to achieve long-lasting neck pain relief. 

What happens during a chiropractic adjustment for neck pain?

During your appointment, the chiropractors at Integrated Spine & Disc use manual manipulation techniques to move your spinal vertebrae into their proper position. They can also use specialized instruments to realign your spine and relax the muscles in your neck. 

Spinal adjustments shouldn’t be painful, but it’s common to hear or feel a popping sensation with certain movements. These sensations occur when your joints release trapped gases during the adjustment. 

In combination with spinal manipulation, the chiropractors at Integrated Spine & Disc can recommend exercises that target the soft tissues in your upper spine. These exercises can prevent tension from building up in your muscles and lower your risk for additional neck pain. 

You should also make changes to your lifestyle to limit long periods of sitting and stay mindful of your posture to prevent unnecessary strain in your neck muscles. 

To schedule a chiropractic evaluation for neck pain, call Integrated Spine & Disc or book an appointment online today.