Neck pain is a common problem affecting millions of Americans and it is one of the top reasons people seek chiropractic care with Dr. De Armas, who has been helping patients overcome neck pain for over three decades.
Most people with neck pain usually try to eliminate pain on their own or ignore it altogether, hoping the pain will naturally go away. Prolonged neck pain can affect overall health and quality of life as it can limit your range of motion. At NCIHC, we use gentle chiropractic care to alleviate neck pain, so patients can get back to enjoying normal, active and pain-free life.
Types of Neck Pain
There are several types of neck pain, but the most common types are acute and chronic neck pain.
Acute neck pain- Patients with acute neck pain often improve on their own through self-care and addressing the cause of neck pain.
Chronic neck pain- Neck pain is considered chronic when it persists for three months or longer. Long-term use of pain medication usually does not improve functioning for patients with chronic neck pain. Studies have shown that natural therapies, including chiropractic care, prove beneficial in relieving neck pain. Psychological and social factors also contribute to chronic neck pain. Most patients with chronic neck pain will not become pain-free, so care should be more focused on managing or reducing painful symptoms and improving functions.
Symptoms of Neck Pain
With neck pain, most people will experience the following symptoms:
Pain in the upper-back
Pain in the shoulders
Sensitivity of neck to touch and pressure
Causes of Neck Pain
There are several possible causes for neck pain. If left untreated, neck pain can get more serious. Neck pain can possibly be a sign of another condition. This is why it is important to seek professional help for proper diagnosis. Dr. De Armas has decades of experience diagnosing patients with neck pain diagnosing neck pain and determining the proper chiropractic care.
Muscle Strains and Sprains
This is the most common cause of neck pain for people. Repeating the same movements of your neck can strain and harm the bones and nerves in your neck. By continuously repeating those movements, neck pain will only worsen. Even little tasks can pose as a threat to bones and nerves in the neck.
Prolonged awkward neck position- This is common among people who use mobile devices
Poor posture- If your head is tilted forward for longer periods of time, this puts a lot of strain on the neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments, which eventually cause pain
Sport injury- Neck pain can be caused by a sport injury resulting from a fall or collision or fall during sports activities
Whiplash- This is caused by a forceful and sudden movement of the neck forward and backward the neck and head, which can result in soft tissue rupture or tear
Sleeping in wrong position- Waking up with neck pain is the result of sleeping in uncomfortable position
Repetitive movements- Turning your head in a repetitive motion can lead to pain
When you are stressed, you become tensed and your blood pressure and heart rate rise, flooding your body with stress hormones and tightening your muscles. When you are constantly stressed, the chronic tension causes your muscles to become sore and weak. Dr. De Armas recommends regular chiropractic, regular exercises and relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, to de-stress your mind and body.
The International Chiropractors Association defines vertebral subluxation as the stress response when spinal bones suffer from improper motion or position, which affects nerve communications between the brain and the body. When there is a disruption, misalignment or abnormal separation in the position of the vertebrae, it results in debilitating neck pain and inflammation.
Cervical Herniated Disc
A cervical herniated disc does not always mean that you are going to suffer from neck pain. There are people with herniated or bulging disc who don’t suffer from any painful symptoms. However, there are cases when the cervical herniated disc pinches or presses against a cervical nerve, causing intense and excruciating pain that frequently radiates to other parts of the body.
Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
As we age, the spinal discs degenerate and lose hydration and the ability to cushion the spinal vertebrae, causing irritation and pain.
Comprehensive Exam- Dr. De Armas carries out a thorough examination of your neck and entire spine to determine the best approach for your neck pain. During the examination, he will check your posture and identity the areas of restricted movement.
Comprehensive and Individualized Treatment Plan- After careful and thorough assessment of your neck and entire spine and identifying the source of your pain, Dr. De Armas will put together a comprehensive and individualized chiropractic plan that is designed to alleviate painful symptoms of your condition.
Spinal Adjustments- Spinal manipulations relieve pressure on the nervous system, promote spinal health and improve overall health. These adjustments are especially beneficial for providing relief from neck pain.