Neck Pain and Injuries: Causes and Treatments

Neck pain and injuries affect most adults at some point during their lives. A kink in your neck, stiffness, or other pain can throw off your entire day. At A Family Chiropractic Clinic we are very familiar with treating patients who suffer from neck pain and injuries. We can help you by finding the root cause of the problem and then correcting the issue. Our staff is expertly trained to help you find the relief that you need to continue living your best life.

Woman with Neck PainBasics of Neck Pain and Injuries

Most of the time, our daily movements won’t cause any issues. However, it is possible that neck pain and injuries can develop from:

  • Overuse
  • Bad posture
  • Trauma

Neck pain and injuries don’t discriminate. We have seen many people experience pain as a result of:

  • Sports activities
  • Recreational activities
  • Work related activities
  • Home projects
  • Bad posture
  • Car accidents

Neck pain and injuries from any of these causes can greatly impact your life. The pain can spread to your shoulders, back, or arms. It could also cause a severe headache. Limited neck movement can make everyday tasks more difficult. Driving can become dangerous if you aren’t able to freely rotate your head. Neck pain includes the entire area from the base of your skull, down into your shoulders.

  • Cervical spine
  • Discs
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles

Most often, when people suffer from neck pain and injuries they experience pain in more than one of these areas.

Activities that may lead to Neck Pain and Injuries

Minor injuries to the neck typically consist of strain, spasms, or inflammation. There are a large number of activities that can cause these symptoms. Some of them may be things you haven’t thought of before. For example, when you hold your head forward while watching television, reading, working, or looking at your mobile device you are actually putting more strain on your neck. Other activities that can cause these symptoms include:

  • Sleeping on your stomach
  • Using a pillow that does not provide proper support
  • Resting your forehead or chin on your fist or arm
  • Carrying stress in your neck and shoulders
  • Exercising without proper form

Your pain and injuries could also be caused by sudden trauma. Pain that results from an injury is typically more sudden and severe than pain from the other causes listed above. You can experience neck trauma from

  • Falling
  • Sudden twisting motions
  • Whiplash
  • Getting hit in the head

These events can lead to injuries in the ligaments and muscles of the neck. This is considered to be a sprain or strain. A neck sprain or strain results in an achy neck and stiffness. This often radiates down one or both shoulders and can also affect your arm movement. It’s also possible to sustain a fracture or spinal dislocation. These are very dangerous situations as they can result in permanent paralysis. This is why it’s important to always immobilize an injured person. Herniated discs can also result in neck pain and injuries.

Other Conditions that Cause Pain in the Neck

Neck pain is not always due to the cause of an injury. There are conditions that can develop slowly over time which will lead to issues & pain. Arthritis sufferers often experience neck pain and pinched nerves. Those with severe arthritis sometimes develop symptoms such as numbness, weakness, or tingling in their arms or hands.

Other conditions can come on suddenly due to illness. For example, meningitis is a very serious illness. It causes inflammation around your brain and spinal cord. Symptoms for meningitis include a stiff neck, severe headache, and fever. Occasionally meningitis will also cause vomiting. Illness caused neck pain isn’t always quite so severe. Something as mild as the flu can also cause neck pain.

Stress is another leading cause of discomfort and pain in the neck. The tension in the neck and shoulder muscles caused by stress can be painful. The tension also increases the likelihood you could experience additional neck pain and injuries. If your muscles aren’t given the opportunity to relax then they won’t get the rest that they require.

Treatment Options for Neck Pain and Injuries

Treatment options for neck pain and injuries vary depending on the severity of the underlying cause. Many cases of neck pain can be treated with chiropractic care. Physical therapy is also another option. In some cases, medications and surgery may be required. The best thing that you can do to treat your neck pain and injuries is to reach out to an experienced and trained chiropractor. They’ll be able to accurately evaluate the health of your cervical spine and create an action plan to eliminate your pain without the side effects of medications or other treatments.

If you have any questions about neck pain and injuries, please contact A Family Chiropractic Clinic at (940) 566-0000.

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