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If you are experiencing neck pain, you are not alone. Neck pain is one of the most common complaints of people seeking chiropractic care. Also referred to as the cervical spine, the neck is remarkably complex and flexible. The neck is also quite prone to injury. Poor posture, sudden impacts, degenerative diseases, old age – there are many different things that can lead to neck injury and neck pain. Fortunately, at Gateway Family Chiropractic, we can provide effective neck pain treatment that can help you get back to leading the life you love.
There are a number of different causes of neck pain, including:
Poor Posture and Repetitive Motions
Years of poor posture or thousands of repetitive motions can take their toll on the neck. Sometimes the damage can occur relatively quickly, too. Today many children and teens complain of neck pain caused by staring at handheld screens for hours on end. Correcting poor posture and retraining the body to make healthier movements can greatly reduce neck pain from these sources.
Sports Injuries and Auto Accidents
Both sports injuries and auto accidents typically involve sudden impacts that can cause neck injuries. Auto accidents in particular can lead to whiplash, a painful injury resulting from the whipping of the head after impact.
Old Age and Degenerative Diseases
As people age, they are more prone to degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis. These diseases, as well as the wear and tear that life brings, can cause neck pain.
Neck pain is incredibly common. Research tells us that 15% of people experience at least a day of neck pain each year. So, when is neck pain serious enough to require medical care?
Twisting your neck the wrong way, spraining it or injuring it in some other way may be painful, but often minor injuries can be treated with over the counter pain medication and rest. However, if your pain persists for more than a few days, you should seek help from your chiropractor.
Neck pain that results in numbness, loss of sensation, difficulty gripping objects or weakness should be checked out by a doctor. Such symptoms could indicate a problem with the spinal cord or nerve problems, so it is important to seek medical care to catch any serious problems early on.
Chiropractic adjustments are a preferred treatment method for neck pain because they get to the source of the problem. Neck adjustments align your cervical spine to alleviate pressure from nerves and discs, improve blood flow to the area, and can aid the body’s natural healing process. Massage therapy can also help to alleviate pain and stiffness, and can make it easier for adjustments to remain in place.
Our team is ready and waiting to help you get relief from neck pain. Please contact us, your chiropractor in Loveland, CO, at 970-669-7620 to schedule an appointment!