Neck pain is a very common condition among both active and sedentary populations. The head and neck are susceptible to a variety of injuries. Sudden impact from sports, motor vehicle accidents, and even slips/falls can cause CAD (Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration Syndrome), commonly known as whiplash. Neck pain from such an injury can be long-lasting, even permanent.
A variety of conditions such as joint dysfunction (joints that are restricted or hypermobile),disc disease and herniations/bulges, nerve root impingement (“pinched nerve”), arthritis, and sprains/strains can affect the neck and the nerves to the shoulders, arms, and more. Many of these conditions respond well to conservative, non-drug/non-surgical care — even if you’ve had prior surgery.
As in all cases, finding the source of the problem (poor work, travel, sleeping, or recreational postures can contribute) is important; as is identifying which joints are restricted and what tissues have been irritated or damaged. X-rays and advanced diagnostic imaging may or may not be necessary.
Your doctor of chiropractic will take a through history before performing an examination to find the cause or causes of your unique problem. Treatment could inlcude acupuncture, manual manipulation (adjustment), myofascial release techniques (ischemic compression, active release, massage), trigger point dry needling, stretching, or anti-inflammatory nutritional approaches. Your treatment will be designed to address your unique problem.