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If you’re seeking a professional neck pain chiropractor, look no further than here at Chiropractic First. Neck pain and stiffness may due to misalignment and injuries to the Cervical spine (neck). This in time may lead to slipped disc, nerve compression or irritation, or even accelerated degenerative changes in the neck.

Neck pain is also referred to as Cervical pain. Neck problems can commonly be brought on by bad posture at the computer, sports injuries, or trauma to the area. Neck pain is common but can easily be misdiagnosed. People usually think that it will heal by itself. Episodes of pain in the neck can often be self resolving, however it is important to diagnose and address the root if the pain persists or reoccurs. A chiropractor is trained to carry out a series of neurological and orthopaedic tests in order to diagnose the cause of neck pain. They can then advise you on the best course of treatment to take to correct the problem. Chiropractors are primary healthcare professionals so anybody may come to see them for a consultation about their neck problems.

There are four principal types of neck pain which a neck pain chiropractor can help you overcome:

1. Axial Neck Pain

Axial neck pain is caused by the complex interaction of the rear neck muscles and ligaments. Symptoms typically include pain or soreness at the back of the head or shoulder. Quite common are stiffness in one or more directions of motion and headache. Initially a very common secondary symptom is headache, and often such symptoms are interpreted and treated as migraines without success.

2. Whiplash-Associated Disorder (WAD)

Rear motor vehicle crashes and diving injuries are the most common causes of Whiplash-Associated Disorder (WAD). It is a result of a sudden impact that forces the neck to suddenly over-extend then immediately over-flex beyond it’s normal ranges of movement. This can cause damage to the muscle, ligaments and other soft tissues of the Cervical spine, as well as the sensitive nerves exiting the spine at these levels. In extreme circumstances these unnatural forces placed on the neck can cause can even cause fractures of one or more vertebrae. Chiropractors are also trained in taking and reading X-Rays, should this be necessary to further investigate the damage to the spine. Symptoms are similar to Axial neck pain but can also radiate down one or both arms. The majority of the patients who suffer from WAD have sustained it through a road traffic accident, but it may also be sustained through a heavy fall or other impacts that cause exaggerated neck movements. WAD if left untreated can become chronic or cause recurring pain in the future if the body is unable to sufficiently heal the damage to the spine and soft tissues.

3. Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy is characterised by motor and/or sensory changes in the neck and arms. It is a result of pressure or compression on one or more nerve exiting the spine in the Cervical region. Pain is frequently aggravated by arm position and extension or sideways movements of the head. It can cause pain to radiate into the shoulder, arm, chest and hands/fingers. It can often be associated with pins & needles, numbness or weakness in the arm and hand. Treatment is focused on relieving pressure on the nerve so it may heal and therefore resolve the symptoms.

4. Cervical Myelopathy

Cervical Myelopathy also results from extrinsic pressure; specifically, a decrease in the space available in the cervical canal for the spinal cord. It is a result of compression of the spinal code due to age, or any other cervical infections. The more common signs include clumsiness, weakness and stiffness in the upper and lower limbs. If diagnosed this condition would require further investigation before any recommendations for care could be given.

Cervical Neck Pain Symptoms

The most common symptom of the cervical spine dysfunction is a sharp pain in the neck and in the adjacent musculature. The pain can refer into the head to cause to cause Tension Headaches often felt like a squeezing sensation in the scalp, temples or forehead. The pain can either be radiating or general soreness and often affects the shoulders and upper arms.

Stiffness is also a prime symptom of dysfunction in the cervical spine. This is due to a restriction or reduction in normal movement of the joints in the neck.
The cervix is the nerve interlock between the brain and other parts of the body. Any strain to it causes a slow response in nerve transmission, causing numbness, general weakness, dizziness and loss of grip to objects.

Symptoms of Neck Pain

Infographic to highlight neck pain symptoms.

The common approach to “treating” neck pain is a massage, but like pain-killers, it doesn’t get to the root of the problem and provides only short-term neck pain relief.

Neck Pain Causes

Pain in the upper body is very common and can range from a mildly stiff neck through to chronic neck pain, but it is wise to get all issues checked out by a professional to find a cause so the correct treatment can be found to alleviate the symptoms.

Neck pain itself is also known as cervical pain as the neck is our common name for the cervical spine. There are a number of environmental factors, diseases, or medical conditions that can be one of the causes of neck pain, and it can be the job of the chiropractor to find out which one is causing you an issue. Pain can be caused by strain or injury like whiplash, poor posture, infection, and age-related illnesses and general wear and tear like cervical spondylosis.

High-impact Sports

There are certain risk factors that make you more likely to have neck pain or stiffness, particularly if you play contact sports, ride horses, or take part in motor sports. Having a collision or accident in the pursuit of these sports may result in a trip to the hospital where you may be instructed to wear a neck collar or have an MRI scan to assess the injury, and this will happen before you can see a chiropractor.

Infections

Certain infections can cause pain in the neck area due to the swelling of the lymph nodes, but more serious and thankfully rarer infections can also be at the root of pain, for example tuberculosis or osteomyelitis, and neck pain is also one of the symptoms of meningitis. If any of these are suspected and the neck pain is accompanied by any of the other symptoms related to these diseases, then you should seek medical help immediately.

But for the majority of cases which are not related to serious infection, a chiropractor should be able to alleviate your neck and shoulder pain. Neck pain causes can even be anxiety and stress so if you are suffering at all, come and see us at Chiropractor First in Manchester, Leeds or Birmingham so that we can take away your neck pain.

Our Neck Pain Relief Program

As chiropractors, we offer neck pain treatment by diagnosing and correcting cervical problems using natural ways. Each type of cervical pain and subsequent symptoms are handled differently based on the disorder and presenting symptoms, but the medical approach is same. With our extensive research on complementary medicine, our team will focus first on accurate diagnosis, then on forming an individual care plan to restore your neck back to health, using methods such as chiropractic adjustments, supportive exercise, postural advice and cryotherapy. The main push for drug-free treatment is born out of our philosophy; the future of medicine is preventive and natural in approach.

The Future

We at Chiropractic First believe that the body has a self-healing mechanism that should, in most cases, controls the time and way of healing. The nervous system is the central control system and needs to be taken care of for it to work to it’s optimum function and to stay healthy.
When you arrive at our clinic, we will perform a series of examinations and conduct an interview to understand the cause of your neck pain. To make a booking with one of our expert neck pain chiropractors, please call our Manchester Office on (+44) 0161 819 2099, Birmingham Office on (+44)0121 634 3333 or Leeds on (+44) 0113 293 3000. Alternatively, you can also book an appointment online.

I was having prolonged soreness around the neck and shoulder area. The pain was unbearable and affected my sleep. After visiting Chiropractic First for a couple of sessions: they managed to resolve the soreness.

References

  • 1. Jan Roberts DC et al. “Chiropractic Care of a 6-year-old girl with Neck Pain; headaches; hand, leg, and foot pain; and other nonmusculoskeletal symptoms” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine.
  • 2. Neck Pain. Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch.

As the problem recurred after a while, probably due to work stress, I have been seeing my Chiropractor regularly. Chiropractic Care has fixed a couple of my old injuries that I have on my upper arm and knee. I was quite surprised that the pain was gone after adjustments.

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