Millions of people suffer from neck pain every year. It is estimated that 75% of people will experience chronic or acute neck pain at some time in their lives.
This is especially true in large urban centers such as Panama City, Florida. Many people spend countless hours staring at their phones or computers, which causes increased postural stress and strain to their necks and backs, leading to neck pain and back problems over time.
This is why many people visit a Panama City chiropractor for neck pain to get it under control or prevent it from getting worse.
Neck pain can be felt from the base to your skull, and often extends into your upper back and shoulders. This can lead to joint pain as well as protective muscle spasms that can cause neck pain. These can feel like burning or painful muscle knots and can make it difficult or painful to turn your neck or move your head.
Neck irritation can lead to headaches (termed Cervicogenic Headache). In more severe cases, pinched nerves and cervical disc bulges can cause pain radiating into the arms, hands and fingers, leading to numbness and tingling.
Most neck pain episodes resolve within a few days. However, prolonged episodes that last for several weeks or months could indicate a more serious medical problem that needs further investigation by a chiropractor near me. For optimal neck injury recovery, proper assessment and treatment are essential.
Sometimes, specific muscles or tendons/ligaments can be injured. This is most commonly due to poor posture, repetitive stress injuries, sports injuries, and chronic poor posture. A myofascial pain syndrome can develop, which can cause trigger points in the muscles. An assessment will help you determine the best exercises and stretches to help your injured connective tissue heal. Also, any postural issues can be fixed to prevent future problems.
Whiplash, also known as rapid forceful acceleration deceleration injury to the neck and head, is most often associated with motor vehicle accidents. In severe cases, whiplash can cause injury to the muscles, joints, ligaments, and nerves of the neck. For severe whiplash injuries, it may take months of active and passive treatment.
Patients suffering from neck pain can find relief with chiropractic care.
A chiropractor is a certified health care practitioner and spinal specialist with a minimum of seven year post-secondary education. They provide effective care for a range of spinal conditions including back pain treatment and neck pain.
The first step to proper treatment is finding the root cause of neck pain. This can be done through a thorough consultation, history, and physical exam.
To effectively treat neck pain, there are several options available: soft tissue therapy, specific chiropractic adjustments, and neck stretching. You may also need to do postural strengthening or stabilization exercises.
Our Panama City Chiropractic clinic uses a variety of techniques to adjust the cervical spine or perform cervical manipulations to ease neck pain depending on the individual's needs. They include activator use, drop-table adjustments and the more traditional manual chiropractic adjustment.