There are a number of causes of neck pain, many of which can be helped through our unique type of chiropractic care. Sometimes the cause can be difficult to pinpoint and that is the reason why when neck pain persists, a person should seek the advice of a professional. Disorders of the neck are not uncommon and it is estimated that $50 billion dollars per year is paid out due to neck and back pain disorders. Chiropractic care has helped many reduce the pain from becoming chronic.
Here at Watertown Chiropractic, Dr. Dingsor treats many of the most common causes of neck pain. Many people from Watertown, SD and the surrounding areas come to see us here for the treatment of whiplash, headaches, arthritis, and other common conditions of the neck.
"Having stress headaches in my neck and pain on one side of my neck about every day for a couple of months. Finally I decided to see Bryan and see if he could help. What a relief!!! Only two treatments and I am better. I am very thankful to Dr. Dingsor and his friendly staff."
Causes of Neck Pain
It is quite common for people to experience neck pain at some point in their life. This can be caused from poor sleeping habits, using a low quality pillow, or even poor posture. The most common type of disorders of the neck are caused by trauma to the head, neck or back resulting from an automobile accident, fall or other physical strain. The damages can vary from short term pain to long term pain that is debilitating.
The main patterns for cause of neck pain are trauma, repetitive stress, and postural stress. When these stresses persist, inflammation is produced within the joint that creates a joint restriction. The joint restriction is what we take care of. Drugs, stretching, massage, or surgery cannot reduce a joint restriction, they only cover the problem.
When a person suffers a strain they typically seek the advice of a physician, who frequently prescribes rest, heat, and muscle relaxers. While this can help with the pain, it often times does nothing for the actual cause of the problem, which is why many people decide to go to a chiropractor.
Other disorders of the neck can be related to the aging process where the individual suffers degenerative disorders. Over time the daily routine and stress of working, lifting children, and other physical activity can cause problems in the neck. This stress can result in misalignments of the neck, resulting in referred pain as well as other symptoms such as headaches and low back. Other disorders include arthritis, osteoporosis, and herniated discs, which can all be a cause behind neck pain.
Depending on the source of the neck pain, chiropractic treatments (known as spinal adjustments) can help to correct any restrictions in the neck. By ensuring the proper alignment of the neck and spine, there will be greater movement of the spinal joints, which will help to decrease any nerve pressure or irritation that may be occurring. In fact, many patients report a reduction of pain, headaches, and increased range of motion after a single chiropractic adjustment.
Posture plays a big role in the cause of neck pain symdromes. If you sit at a desk all day or stand in one place all day performing the same task for eight to ten hours per day, you may be putting a tremendous amount of stress on you joints and muscles. This leads to changes over time causing certain postural muscles to shorten and other muscles to lengthen. If you take your hands and can feel tension and tender points in the fleshy area that connects your neck to your shoulder (the upper trapezius muscle) and notice you have rounded forward shoulders you may have what's called upper crossed syndrome.
Our Unique Treatment
Dr. Dingsor specializes in a number of unique treatment methods that allow the patient to heal faster and reduces the cause of the pain. He utilizes Active Release Techniques to reduce scar tissue in and around the nervous system. Then he teaches patient specific stretches and exercises to reduce the chance of a reoccurence. These treatments help to minimze the chance of pain returning.