When you have neck pain, you might feel it as pain that affects one side of your neck, especially if you pulled a muscle or have a similar injury. However, it’s also possible to have more widespread neck pain that feels more like a mild ache all over.
Your neck pain might get worse when you do certain movements, such as turning your head or leaning your head down.
You can develop neck pain over an extended period from overuse or wear and tear. You can also get it suddenly if you have an acute injury, such as if you’ve been in an auto accident.
Some common causes of neck pain include the following:
When you see Dr. Spence for neck pain, he does a physical exam that helps him assess your condition’s severity. He also checks to see if your neck pain limits your range of motion.
If he needs additional information about your neck pain, he might order an imaging test, such as an MRI, which helps him determine what’s causing your condition.
When he makes a diagnosis, he also works on a treatment plan to help you find pain relief.
Chiropractic adjustments focus on ensuring that the entire length of your spine is aligned correctly. Since your upper spine affects the nerves in your neck, having this part adjusted helps ease pain and stiffness.
When Dr. Spence adjusts your spine, it also allows nutrients and oxygen to get to damaged areas and help them heal.
Dr. Spence might suggest doing physical therapy for neck pain in combination with spinal adjustments. Physical therapy helps you make the muscles in your neck stronger and keeps this joint more flexible. As a result, that eases neck pain and reduces your risk of having it flare up again.
If you need treatment for neck pain, please contact Spence Chiropractic Center to set up an appointment with Dr. Spence.
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