Suffering from Neck Pain in Dallas?
Almost everyone has experienced neck pain once in their lives in Dallas. Whether it’s from an exercise strain or a kink after a long day at work, neck pain is quite common. Lasting neck pain often makes even the simplest movements incredibly painful. This pain often leads to headaches that decrease your quality of life. Neck pain often causes its victims to avoid using the muscles in their neck resulting in muscle degeneration over time, further exacerbating the problem.
Discovering the source of neck pain is essential to receiving proper treatment. Our chiropractor in Dallas has helped neck pain many times. This article explains the causes of neck pain and demonstrates how chiropractic care at Blackwell Chiropractic is able to provide long lasting relief.
Neck Pain Treatment in Dallas
The neck is not the largest part of the body but it is one of the most important. It is the bridge between the head and body and needs to hold the head in proper alignment. Vertebrae in the neck are quite small and allow for mobility. However, they lack in strength which can give way to injuries and pain. There are numerous causes for neck pain but these are some of the most common:
- Trauma, such as whiplash
- Awkward Sleeping position
- Poor posture
- Repetitive stress
- Abnormalities in the bone structure
- Joint issues
- Muscle strains and pulls
Most neck pain arises from, or has an impact on, the alignment of the spine. Muscles often spasm during times of neck pain which pulls on the spine causing pain and further misalignment. When the spine is tampered with, the nerves in the spinal cord are irritated which impacts the rest of the body. Neck pain can be dangerous for this reason, causing problems in other essential systems throughout the body.
People often ignore neck pain and believe it will go away without consequence eventually. Sometimes the pain does go away but the lingering effects on the spine can cause problems in the future. Over time, without treatment, the pain can become recurring with certain movements becoming almost impossible. In extreme cases, patients have waited so long that they need surgery to fix the problem.
Why Does My Neck Hurt?
Strain or damage to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, or bones in the neck are common causes of neck pain. Typical triggers for neck pain include:
- Muscle strain or overuse
- Wear in the joints from osteoarthritis
- Compressed nerves
- Stress and anxiety that causes muscle tension in the neck and jaw
- Herniated discs
- Bone spurs
- Whiplash injuries
Neck pain may also be a symptom of some diseases, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cervical stenosis
- Cervical spondylosis
Neck pain that isn’t treated can become a chronic problem. Furthermore, if discs or vertebrae continue to degenerate, the pain can worsen, and your range of movement can become restricted.
Can Therapy Help Neck Pain?
People often take painkillers to reduce pain and inflammation. These can help, but they won’t address the cause of your problem. So if symptoms persist, see Dr. Graham to find out what’s causing your neck pain. He’ll assess your symptoms and review your medical history before commencing any treatment. Treatment may involve:
- Chiropractic therapy
- Massage therapy
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Advice on home treatments and lifestyle changes
Dr. Graham has years of experience treating neck pain. He will give you a thorough examination and pinpoint the location and cause of your neck pain. Then he’ll provide treatment to correct the problem to give you relief.
Can Home Treatment Help Neck Pain?
There's a range of home treatment options available for neck pain. The simplest and quickest option is to stop any bad habits. You should avoid behaviors, such as:
- Carrying heavy bags on one shoulder
- Slouching or slumping when you sit down
- Using your shoulder to support a phone
- Sleeping so your neck is in a crooked position
Improving your posture as you go about your daily life can help prevent painful problems in your neck and spine. You should also make sure your pillows are supporting your head and neck at night.
If you have neck pain, just come on to Blackwell Chiropractic. You can also book an appointment online or over the phone.
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