A Pain in the Neck 101: Causes, Treatments, and More

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Person holding neck in pain

If you’re here because the holidays are coming and your Uncle Smitty loves to talk politics around the dinner table, then we can’t help you with that pain in the neck. We can, however, help you if you’re suffering from other sources of neck pain. Before we can talk about causes, treatments, and relief of that pain, it’s important to understand the physiology of your neck.

Your neck—or cervical spine—is comprised of vertebrae from the skull to the upper torso. In between these bones are cervical disks,, which absorb shock. Holistically, the bones, ligaments, and muscles in your neck support your head and create the conditions for motion.

An abnormality, inflammation, or an injury can cause pain or stiffness in your neck.

Most people who suffer from neck pain only experience it on occasion. It is often the result these common causes … of poor posture, wear and tear, or overuse. Sometimes, it can be the resulting injury of a fall, contact sport, or whiplash. And, sometimes, it can even happen from sleeping in a slightly contorted position.

Most Common Causes of Neck Pain

  1. Poor posture
  2. Wear and tear
  3. Overuse
  4. Jolting during exercise
  5. Arthritis, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia

Sometimes, it can be the resulting injury of a fall, contact sport, or whiplash. And, sometimes, it can even happen from sleeping in a slightly contorted position. While neck pain is usually not a serious condition, pain that persists for weeks (what we call chronic pain), is excruciating, or accompanies other symptoms, immediate medical care is needed.

Most Effective Treatments of Neck Pain

A medical professional will conduct a physical exam and review your complete medical history, including symptoms, medications and supplements, and recent injuries or accidents. And it’s important to be honest because they can be significant, even if you cannot see the relevance.

At Dynamic Health and Pain Management, we forgo the outdated, traditional way of doing our work. Forget x-rays and computed tomography scans. And introduce yourself to an effective multidisciplinary approach that utilizes advanced diagnostics, using state-of-the-art tools like VMA, and proven protocols to help you get the pain relief you need.

From chiropractic therapy to massage to other natural remedies, our staff is expertly trained in areas of physical rehabilitative expertise.

You can supplement your neck pain treatments with things like exercises, stretches, and ice and heat therapy; however, our team strongly recommends that you do not mask your symptoms with pain medication.

No matter how long your neck pain has lasted, or how severe it may be, we encourage you to contact us today for an evaluation.