Why Does My Neck Hurt?
There are many causes of neck pain, but it is commonly caused by mechanical changes or dysfunctions in the neck, mostly in the muscles, joints and ligaments.
Neck pain is extremely common, it is the fourth leading cause of disability, with a yearly occurrence exceeding 30%. But nearly 50% of individuals will continue to experience some degree of pain or frequent occurrences.
AnAtomy of the neck
There are 7 cervical vertebrae. C1 and C2 are called atlas and axis and have no intervertebral disc between them. The remaining C3-7 vertebrae are connected with intervertebral discs, and join with adjacent vertebrae through 2 important joints, the uncovertebral joint and the facet joints. These cervical vertebrae are surrounded by ligaments and muscles to help with stabilization and motion of the neck and head.
All these structures around the neck communicate with the nervous system, this makes them sensitive to pain and stress. When the muscles or joints are overloaded or over worked, they can tighten up and cause a number of different issues.
What are the common causes of neck pain?
The common causes of neck pain are mechanical in nature, such as:
- Postural tension
- Sleeping positions
- Muscle fatigue
- Joint stiffness
- Muscle referral
- Jaw pain
There are other causes of neck pain which involve specific structures such as nerves, intervertebral discs or the spinal cord. These causes of neck pain present with very specific patterns or history, such as pain down extending down to the fingers or weakness in the arms or legs.
A large part of becoming a chiropractor is learning how to identify these issues and how to manage them appropriately. We will conduct a thorough physical examination to locate any potential problems before we proceed with treatment.
What are the treatment options for neck pain?
Here at Fortitude Chiropractic, we pride ourselves in developing a tailored treatment plan for each of our patients, this may include;
- Spinal manipulation
- Trigger point therapy
- Dry needling
- Exercise prescription
- Rehabilitation programs
It is the role of chiropractors to assess patients history and physical presentation to locate issues with movement and strength and rule out more sinister causes of neck pain. At Fortitude Chiropractic, this is done through thorough examination and history taking to make sure you get the care you need.
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