Neck Pain Specialist
For persistent (or chronic) neck pain, patients in and around the Buffalo, NY area can visit Live Well Chiropractic of WNY for a diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. Here, Dr. Christian Stack offers proven specific and gentle spinal adjustments.
Neck pain can make even the simplest of movements involving the neck, head, arms, shoulders, and back extremely difficult. It can lead to headaches, shoulder / arm pains, and difficulty using your body.
Understanding the root of your neck pain is a necessary step towards acquiring the treatment that will be most effective in both your short and long-term recovery. The following Q & A looks at the causes of neck pain and explains how chiropractic care at Live Well Chiropractic of WNY can be a useful alternative to conventional treatments.
Neck Pain Q & A
How is neck pain caused?
Neck pain can be caused by many different types of injuries or trauma. In many cases, ongoing pain and discomfort can result from abrupt twisting, repetitive motions, or overuse. For example, long hours in front of a computer, lots of time on a phone, or extended times looking down at a cell phone or book result in repetitive problems for your neck. Some causes of neck pain include:
- Trauma or injury, such as whiplash
- Bad sleeping positions
- Poor posture
- Repetitive stress
- Abnormalities in bone structure
- Joint issues
- Muscle strains and pulls
Most of these issues can impact or are caused by the alignment of your spine. When muscles in the neck and upper back go into spasm, the spine can get pulled out of normal position. Lack of proper motion and misalignment of the neck can result in nerves becoming irritated which can lead to further tension and other systemic problems. Because every nerve in the body has its root in the spinal column, issues that have their source in the neck can have a major impact throughout every other system of the body.
What are the treatment options for neck pain?
Most commonly, people with neck pain try to manage their problem with the use of over-the-counter and prescription medications. While these may help relieve some symptoms in the short-term, these medications may have side effects and will often not address the underlying causes of the problem. Massage therapy has also become a popular treatment option over the years and this can help by relieving some muscle based tightness and pain. However, if the underlying issue stems from the bones and joints, the problem may remain.
How can chiropractic care help with neck pain?
Chiropractic treatment is a natural, holistic and non-invasive practice that addresses the structural causes that lead to a large majority of neck pain problems. After a thorough chiropractic assessment aimed at ruling out other issues and finding the exact source of your neck pain, Dr. Stack will put together a personalized recovery program to reduce your pain, correct the source of the problem, and allow you to get back to living your life without interruption.
The main components for treatment can include specific adjustments, targeted exercises, and stretching techniques. Adjustments use precise pressure and movement of joints to eliminate pain and bring back normal motion and alignment to joints. Adjustments do not have to be forceful or involve “cracking”, can alleviate tension in surrounding musculature, and can reduce soreness and stiffness.