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Neck Pain

Your neck (or cervical spine) needs to be strong enough to support the weight of your head and flexible enough to allow you to look around freely. Unfortunately, the daily demands placed upon it can over time lead to the development of pain. Neck pain is the second most common complaint we see at Zest Chiropractic. In fact, two thirds of people will experience this condition at some point during their lifetime (Carroll et al 2008). For some people neck pain may become a chronic or recurrent problem – but it doesn’t have to be that way! So what are the common causes, how you can prevent it, and how can chiropractic help neck pain?

A very common cause of neck pain is cervical facet syndrome, which is pain from strain and inflammation of the facet joints and the nerves in the neck. Symptoms of this include neck pain which may radiate down to the shoulder, or arm, or sometimes up to the base of the skull. It can be associated with neck stiffness, muscular tenderness and headaches. Arthritis in the neck (cervical spondylosis) is a frequent cause of neck pain too. As the cartilage in the joints wears it can become inflamed and painful. Also as bony spurs form on the vertebrae they can affect neck movement and irritate nerves. When the discs in between the vertebrae also begin to degenerate and lose height this can compress the nerve roots nearby causing radiating shoulder, arm and hand pain, pins and needles and muscle weakness. This is called spinal stenosis. Disc bulges or herniations (aka slipped disc) also cause neck pain and can be associated with radiating pain, pins and needles, numbness or weakness in the shoulder, arm and / or hand.

Very often the reason the above conditions develop is due to abnormal strain on the joints, muscles, ligaments, discs and nerves in the neck. This strain comes from poor posture or poor ergonomics and builds up over time if left unchecked. Smoking, lack of physical activity and anxiety and depression are also risk factors for developing neck pain.

So aside from not smoking, keeping active and managing your stress, one of the best things you can do to avoid / prevent neck pain is take care of your posture. We will cover posture in more detail in a later blog, but for now here are some tips to keep in mind.

neckpain2If neck pain is still troubling you despite following the above tips then come and see us at Zest Chiropractic. We love helping people with neck pain to get their lives back and get back to doing the things they enjoy! Our emphasis is not just on getting rid of pain; but also strengthening and retraining the spine, keeping you at your best and helping to prevent future problems. Chiropractic adjustments stimulate the body’s own natural healing ability, reducing pain, restoring movement and improving inflammation. We also include lots of advice on stretches, strengthening exercises, posture, ergonomics, nutrition – anything that will support a natural recovery and promote long term healing, strength and flexibility.

There is no need to continue suffering neck pain! Call us on 0121 777 1400 today – we’d really love to help!

 

Carroll LJ, Hogg-Johnson S, van der Velde G et al. Course and prognostic factors for neck pain in the general population: results of the Bone and Joint Decade 2000–2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders. Spine 2008;33(4 Suppl):S75-S82.

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