What You Need To Know About Those Pains in Your Neck
Neck pain is a common condition that you can expect to have on occasions. Chronic neck pain can be an indicator of a serious condition and should be evaluated. Here at the Cahill Back & Neck Care Center, our chiropractor treats people dealing with chronic neck pain and the symptoms that go along with it. Some symptoms of neck pain include stiffness in the neck, tingling, weakness, and headaches. There are a number of reasons you can experience pains in the cervical region of your spine. Here are some causes of neck pain and some things you can do to alleviate them.
Text Neck is a fairly new medical diagnosis, however, it affects millions of people in the United States. It is a condition caused by the overuse the muscles and joints in the cervical region of the spine. The condition is called text neck because it generally occurs in people who spend a lot of time using their cell phones and other mobile devices.
One of the reasons the condition is so prevalent is because when people use their cell phones are tablets they are generally holding their heads downward. This action causes pressure on the discs in the neck. Most people spend a great deal of time during the day texting and surfing the web on their mobile devices. Over time text neck can develop. One of the best ways to alleviate the stress caused by the use of your cell phone and other mobile devices is to try holding them up to your eye level when you are texting or surfing the web. The other thing you can do to alleviate the additional stress placed on your neck is to take frequent breaks to give your muscles and discs a rest.
Whiplash is a common condition that occurs after an automobile accident. Whiplash is caused by a rapid forward and backward jerking of the neck. Whiplash generally takes about 24 hours to present itself following an accident. Because the condition causes a misalignment of the cervical region of the spine, it requires immediate treatment. Whiplash is not a condition that will heal without neck pain treatment. Our chiropractor Inver Grove Heights treats people with whiplash injuries with spinal adjustments and other chiropractic treatment modalities. Adjustments are the preferred course of treatment for whiplash because they allow the doctor to realign the spine and relieve the pressure on the discs in the neck.
You may not think your habits have anything to do with the pains in your neck but, they do. One example is consistently tucking your phone between your shoulder and your ear that could be the cause some of your neck pain. One of the best ways to avoid this is to use a Bluetooth device or speakerphone. Another bad habit that most people engage in is poor posture. Whether you are sitting or standing, it is important that you pull your shoulders back and your spine is straightened.
People who smoke are at a greater risk of developing neck pain. They are also at risk of developing pain in other areas of their spine because nicotine is a vasoconstrictor which means it narrows arteries and veins. This narrowing makes it more difficult for blood to travel through the circulatory system. Our chiropractor here in our office suggests smoking cessation programs to help with cervical pain. He may also engage in nutritional counseling to help the body repair itself.
Our Approach to Neck Pain Treatment
Here at Cahill Back & Neck Care Center, our approach to neck pain treatment is simple. Our doctor completes a history and physical and a comprehensive exam on every patient we see. The doctor also takes the time to listen to each complaint and concern before a treatment plan is developed. Treatment plans here in our office include but are not limited to spinal adjustments, electric stimulation, cold laser therapy treatments, ultrasound therapy, and exercise regimens. To find out more about the treatments we offer and how they can help you, give us a call at 651-401-7080 today.