Neck pain is one of the leading causes of disability in adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Easy Reach Chiropractic in Lake Worth and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Barbara Adonis, DC, and Heather Previll, PT, DPT, provide advanced chiropractic care to relieve neck pain. They understand that treatments are never one-size-fits-all. That’s why Easy Reach Chiropractic utilizes both traditional and modern chiropractic treatments. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
The cervical spine, or neck, contains seven vertebrae separated by intervertebral discs. Any injury or degenerative condition that damages these components can lead to lasting neck pain. Common causes of neck pain include:
Hunching for long periods puts stress on the muscles and tendons that support your neck. That can lead to chronic inflammation and pain. People who work desk jobs are especially vulnerable to neck pain due to poor posture.
A sudden movement can twist and tear at the soft tissues in your neck. Sometimes, the pain resolves itself with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatories. However, a pulled muscle can lead to chronic pain if it doesn’t heal properly.
Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes persistent joint inflammation. If you have the most common type of arthritis — osteoarthritis (OA) — the cartilage that cushions your joints starts to deteriorate. Over time, the vertebrae in your neck may begin to rub together, leading to chronic pain.
The intervertebral discs are meant to cushion your vertebrae and add flexibility. These discs consist of a hard casing with a soft center. When the casing degenerates or becomes damaged, the soft center can push through, irritating surrounding nerves.
Spinal stenosis compresses the nerves in the spine as the spinal column gradually narrows. Symptoms include neck pain and tingling or weakness in the arms and hands.
The first step in diagnosing neck pain is reviewing your medical history. Next, your chiropractor asks questions regarding your symptoms. They need to know when you began experiencing pain, where the pain is located, and if any at-home treatments have alleviated your symptoms. Once they have all the relevant information, they perform a comprehensive physical exam.
To accurately diagnose your condition, your chiropractor may order additional testing, such as X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan. These imaging tests allow Dr. Adonis and Dr. Previll to locate the exact area of your pain for targeted care.
Chiropractic care encompasses far more than spinal adjustments. New technology and techniques allow for targeted relief and personalized care. After your consultation, Dr. Adonis or Dr. Pevill may recommend one or more of the following treatments for neck pain:
Easy Reach Chiropractic has an onsite licensed massage therapist to stimulate the soft tissues in your neck for fast relief. Regular massage therapy increases blood circulation in your neck, alleviates pain, and accelerates healing.
Class 4 laser therapy utilizes laser energy to restore hard and soft tissue damage in the neck. Whether you have arthritis or a pulled muscle, class 4 laser therapy can stimulate healing by numbing pain and reducing inflammation.
Acoustic shock wave therapy involves sending low-intensity shock waves directly into your area of pain. This non-invasive, non-medication treatment stimulates blood flow and repairs tissue damage for accelerated healing in the neck.
To learn more about the neck pain treatments at Easy Reach Chiropractic, call the office or book an appointment online now.