Neck pain can be a debilitating and disruptive condition, making someone’s life much more difficult and uncomfortable. This can create difficulties at home, work, and in someone’s social life, as neck pain takes center stage and interferes with day-to-day activities. With chiropractic care at our Palm Beach wellness clinic, neck pain can be reduced, mobility can be restored, and life can return to normal.
There are many causes of neck pain, and while some may seem minor, these can quickly escalate into more serious levels of pain and immobility. While not every neck injury may be severe, failure to get effective treatment can lead to more complications down the road. Some of the most common causes of neck pain include:
The most common causes of neck injuries are muscle strains. These can occur due to poor posture, lack of support, sleeping in an awkward position, straining during exercise, and more rarely through a traumatic back or neck injury. Neck pain can result from an injury to muscles, ligaments, joints, bones, and nerves in either the neck itself or as a result of an injury to the upper back.
In practice, many of the more serious neck injuries are caused by a sudden, sometimes unexpected movement of the neck. This can most commonly occur due to an accident, like a fall, a car accident, or a sporting injury. These types of neck injuries may be serious, and the specific type of neck pain that they produce may be indicative of more serious complications. Getting professional care and treatment at our Palm Beach chiropractic and wellness center can help determine the source of neck pain, and explore treatment options to provide relief, healing, and lasting comfort.
It will be extremely helpful to get an accurate diagnosis for the causes of neck pain before an effective treatment plan can be put into action. Different causes of neck pain may be more or less responsive to certain supplemental therapies, and knowing which ones will be most effective can decrease the time until relief.
For example, if the cause of neck pain is muscular or ligament-related, then chiropractic care may be supplemented by massage therapy and cupping. In cases of nerve pain, laser therapy may be more beneficial and if the issue is caused by problems in the neck joints or bones then physical therapy may be the most effective route.
Most neck pain is not serious, although there may be cases where it is a warning sign of an underlying condition. Some signs that neck pain may be caused by a more severe condition can include:
These symptoms may indicate that there is pressure on a nerve caused by a herniated disc, cervical osteoarthritis, foraminal stenosis, stenosis with myelopathy, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or other potentially serious conditions. Working with our chiropractic and wellness professionals in Palm Beach can determine which of these issues, if any, someone is facing and help them develop a comprehensive treatment plan to help them heal and live a life free from neck pain.
A conversation can help narrow down the potential causes of neck pain in a non-invasive and simple manner. Asking some pointed questions can help our medical professionals know where to start, and can save money by avoiding unnecessary X-rays or CT scans. Some of these questions may be as simple as:
While these questions may seem very casual, they can be very informative to a trained chiropractor. This can help narrow down not only the causes of neck pain but also where the potential damage may have occurred. No matter the cause of neck pain, we can provide anyone in Palm Beach the chiropractic care and supplemental therapies they need to reduce their discomfort, improve their health, and live a life free from neck pain.