Suffering From Neck Pain?
Neck pain can result from something as simple as sleeping in the wrong position to sleeping on a different pillow or different bed. It can be caused by poor posture to being injured from a slip, fall, and car accident or using your neck as a clamp to hold the telephone on your shoulder or long periods of texting. All of these will be aggravated further by stress which is now the # 1 killer of people worldwide.
What are some of the symptoms common with neck pain?
The most common symptom is pain. This can spread up into the forehead and result in a headache. It can be on one side or both sides of the neck. It can tighten up and pull your head to one side. It can result in decreased mobility, limiting how far you can turn your head to the left of right. It can cause pain or numbness and tingling into your arms, hands and chest. It can result in dizziness, ear ringing, and eye pain to blurred vision.
What are the traditional treatments for neck pain?
WebMD will give you the traditional treatments including: the use of anti-inflammatory medications or pain relievers. The use of moist heat or ice is often recommended. Local cortisone injections and even surgery are recommended. Interestingly no mention of the best treatment as found in 2012 in the Annals of Internal Medicine/Jan2012 which stated patients who used no medicine and chiropractic with exercises were more than twice as likely to be pain free as compared to those who used medicine. Another benefit no side effects from medication or surgery.
What treatments do you offer patients struggling with neck pain?
In my office the goal is to get you pain free as quickly as possible and most importantly correcting the cause of your pain, not merely covering it up, sending you on your way awaiting the return of pain. You have to know what is wrong before you can correct it. I will perform an examination to determine the cause of your problem and then use Cold laser to reduce or alleviate your pain, with no harmful side-effects. If the tissues are swollen I may recommend the use of natural proteolytic enzymes to reduce the pain, swelling, and speed up the healing process. If this is a new injury I will recommend the use of ice for the next 24-48 hours with specific time limits. Heat should be avoided during this time, its use will double the healing time. Use of a sleep support pillow can make a big difference as well as specific neck exercise. Lastly a determination as to the position of your neck bones is critical to the long term health of your neck. If your seven neck bones are not properly positioned and moveable your brain will not be receiving the correct information as to what is going on and respond, your neck will age and degenerate faster than normal leading to the formation of arthritis, loss of motion and you will be a pain in the neck for the rest of your life. Most people fail to realize that 90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by movement of the spine.
What advice would you give someone suffering with neck pain?
My advice would be to determine the cause of your neck pain followed by not letting anyone touch your neck without first obtaining 2 standard x-rays of your neck. Your neck is the only area of your spine with two blood vessels going through the spinal bones supplying your brain. I had a patient whose husband came in and watched her receiving a neck adjustment and later he jammed his neck while playing softball and asked his wife to twist his neck to try and give him a specific cervical adjustment. His wife being knowledgeable refused and took him to the hospital where x-rays revealed he had fractured one of his neck bones. Had she followed his wishes the consequences would have been severe. My years of experience have taught me a basic rule, I do not guess when it comes to my patient’s health and neither should you. Find the cause, fix it and strengthen the muscles should be your goal.
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