Why Does My Neck Hurt?
Neck pain is one of the most common complaints we see at our practice, and it can be due to several different causes. We divide neck conditions into two broad categories: acute, where the patient experiences an episode of pain lasting less than six weeks, and chronic, where the patient has the same pain for over several months.
Minor neck pain can be annoying. While it may be an indicator of underlying posture or mechanical issues, it often resolves on its own. However, chronic pain tends to escalate, and patients eventually suffer from numbness, tingling down the shoulder and into the arm, and even weakness of the surrounding muscles.
At St. Johns Chiropractic & Performance, we see neck pain as the body’s way of asking for a change, not something that requires “fixing.” We take the time to identify the underlying issue and help you take the appropriate steps to relieve your current symptoms.
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What Causes Neck Pain?
Your neck is a complex combination of nerves, bones, tendons, and ligaments, making it prone to mechanical concerns. Neck pain can be due to several factors, including:
- Chronic postural stress resulting from head flexion (your head bending forward towards your chest). People who use computers or electronic devices constantly often spend a lot of time looking down, which places stress on the neck muscles and joints.
- Poor slouched posture, which causes muscle spasms and joint irritation.
- Poor sleeping posture—in particular, sleeping on your stomach with your head to one side or not having enough support while sleeping on your side or back.
- Whiplash trauma from sports or motor vehicle injuries.
- Degenerative disorders, such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and cervical disc degeneration, that place additional stress on neck joints and nerves.
- Carrying an uneven load on your shoulders, such as a heavy purse or backpack on one shoulder.
Can Chiropractic Treatment Prevent Neck Pain?
Chiropractic care specializes in the spine and neck, and chiropractors are well-versed in various spinal and musculoskeletal concerns that give rise to neck and back pain. In addition to treating neck pain, your chiropractor may be able to address these concerns before you start noticing pain in your neck and shoulders.
The best way to prevent neck pain is to address the underlying cause. At St. Johns Chiropractic & Performance, we work with our patients to discover the root problem and provide stretches and therapeutic solutions to address the concern.
As part of a preventative schedule, your chiropractor may recommend the following:
- A series of stretches that will improve your posture and stretch your neck muscles without causing further harm.
- Applying therapeutic exercises such as chin tucks, rotating shoulder blades, and neck stretches to keep your ligaments, tendons, and muscles mobile and loose.
- Focusing on improving your posture and making ergonomic changes to your workspace.
How We Treat Neck Pain at St. Johns Chiropractic & Performance
Our neck pain treatment schedule begins with an evaluation and formal diagnosis. Our chiropractors will evaluate your whole spine, starting from the neck and working their way down past the mid-back and into the lower back. In some cases, the chiropractor may request X-rays or an MRI scan to get a full picture of your spine and neck.
After conducting the necessary tests, your chiropractor will have a better idea of the circumstances causing your pain and can develop a customized treatment plan to address these factors.
In most cases, after the complete evaluation, our chiropractor will be able to conduct your treatment plan. In addition to stretches and at-home exercises, treatment often includes adjustment techniques such as:
- Cervical mobilization, which moves the cervical vertebrae from side to side.
- Cervical traction, which moves the vertebrae up and down.
- Cervical drop, which applies calculated pressure to a particular vertebra.
Schedule an Appointment | Chiropractic for Neck Pain
At St. Johns Chiropractic & Performance, we believe in providing our patients with long-lasting solutions for their neck pain and other pain concerns. Our approach includes creating a tailored treatment plan that focuses on your needs, goals, and particular situation.
If you suffer from chronic or acute neck pain, our team of experts is ready to help. Schedule an appointment for neck chiropractic near St. Johns, FL online using our convenient booking system, or contact us at (904) 217-7078.