Neck Pain: Symptoms and Treatment
Neck pain is fairly common, yet relief seems elusive. How can that be? Truthfully, most people who suffer from neck pain aren’t doing much about it. The remedies that are being widely used include heat & ice at home or medications – narcotic or over-the-counter. Most people are not seeking professional help at all and those that are, are seeking it from their primary physician who is concerned only with cash back on pharmaceuticals and moving on to patient #20 of the day.
Meanwhile, your neck pain is torture. You can’t move through your work day or your personal life with that kind of discomfort, so you’re taking days off of your salary and the things you love – or worse, trying to muddle through. You cannot properly lift and move objects – or worse, you are doing it anyway and exacerbating the pain. You can’t sleep at night – or worse, you’re taking sleeping medication on top of your pain medication. All this is doing is making it worse by numbing a serious problem!
So, what are the symptoms of neck pain?
The symptoms of a neck pain condition can vary. It depends first upon how your neck pain came about. For example, if you were injured in an automotive accident your neck pain may manifest differently than someone whose neck pain is the result of arthritis, whose neck pain differs from he or she who is a fibromyalgia sufferer – and the list goes on! The pain can take place at the base of the head, throughout the neck’s length on any side, and can radiate into the shoulder girdle or upper chest, even the jaw! This pain can be shooting, burning, dull and achey, stinging, or even tingly and numb. These varying types of pain can indicate different issues are at work internally and should be handled accordingly by a chiropractor.
Neck Pain Causes
Just as we have discussed here, there are so many different ways that a person’s neck pain can arise and there are a myriad of reasons for why it stays or comes and goes.
- Pain from injury or trauma to the neck.
- Pain from strain
- Residual pain
- Pain from repetitive motion or lifestyle
- Pain from spinal subluxation
- Pain from illness or genetics
Depending on what type(s) of pain you experience, the location, the frequency, the duration, and the cause – our doctor of chiropractic can determine a course of action to restore you.
Preventing neck problems
When your neck pain has been eliminated it is important to take action in preventing future injury or deterioration with the help of our doctor.