Whether from a bad night’s sleep or whiplash, neck pain is a common complaint.
Frankly, it’s not surprising when you think about it. Your head weighs about 12 pounds. Only 7 small vertebrae hold up your heavy head and provide it with a range of motion that allows you to look in many directions. This flexibility combined with the small bones makes your neck susceptible to pain and injury.
The best chiropractor can help discover the reason for your neck pain.
3 Common Causes of Neck Pain
• Injuries such as a fall or sudden impact where your head jerks back and forth – known as “whiplash”—are typical reasons for neck pain. The reason is your muscles seize up and contract. This can lead to stiffness and pain. It can also cause your spine be out of alignment or damage discs in your back and neck.
• Age– Osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease are two age related diseases that can affect your spine.
Osteoarthritis affects your joints. As cartilage disappears, bone spurs may take its place causing pain when your bones rub together.
Degenerative disc disease occurs when your spinal discs become less elastic or misshapen. Then, they may bulge and cause a tingling or pain down your arm.
• Poor Posture – Sitting for extended periods of time and weak abdominal muscles can cause the head to jut forward creating tension in the neck, upper back and arms.
Additionally, stress can manifest as a literal pain in the neck.
Chiropractic care can help with neck pain. Chiropractic neck adjustments are extremely precise. Many people find pain relief and an increased range of motion after their first visit.
By discovering the source of the pain your Perkasie chiropractor can recommend appropriate treatment. This treatment may extend to your entire spine as it’s common to find other parts of the spine are out of alignment too. It may also include massage or other treatments to loosen the muscles.
Chiropractors seek to treat the whole person and not just the symptoms. We’ll do a medical evaluation to determine the most effective course of action so you feel better.
If you’re in Perkasie, Pa, come in and see if the McQuaite Chiropractic office can help you find relief from neck pain.