Neck Pain Treatment Lakeland FL | New City Chiropractic
If you’re suffering from a sore, stiff, or aching neck and need neck pain treatment you should contact New City Chiropractic in Lakeland, Florida. Our expert team of neck pain specialists can diagnose your condition and tailor a treatment plan bring you neck pain relief. Call or schedule an appointment online.
We’ve all heard the adage “A pain in the neck,” in reference to something annoying, bothersome, and inconvenient. If you have experienced a real pain in your neck, whether you woke up this morning with a crick in your neck, or have suffered from chronic pain for days, weeks, months, or even years, you know just how true the adage is. The chiropractors at New City Chiropractic have the instruments, expertise, and compassion to treat your neck pain and restore your mobility!
Symptoms of Neck Pain
Of course, a symptom of neck pain is a pain the neck. However, when you visit your chiropractor for neck pain treatment, it will be helpful if you can provide some details about your symptoms. Some questions your chiropractor may ask include:
What Causes Neck Pain?
Medically known as the cervical spine, your neck contains seven small vertebrae. These vertebrae and their associated muscle tissue support the entire weight of your head, which can weigh up to 12 pounds. The neck is flexible, which is what allows you to be able to turn your head. This flexibility is also what makes it susceptible to injury and pain. Some of the primary causes of neck pain include:
Neck Pain Diagnosis
After determining the cause of your neck pain, and conducting a physical exam, which may include a neurological exam, the chiropractor will then develop a personal treatment plan for you. The exam involves the doctor observing your posture, testing your range-of-motion, and assessing what, if any, movement exacerbates your pain. Your chiropractor will also review your medical history to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
Your chiropractor will also feel your entire spine, not just your cervical spine, to check for any curvature, alignment problems, and check to see if there is a muscle spasm. The doctor will also check your muscle strength and reflexes.
In order to ensure your treatment plan targets and corrects the cause of you neck pain, your chiropractor may request other tests, including x-rays, MRI, or MEG.
Chiropractic Neck Pain Treatment
Chiropractic treatment includes neck adjustments by manipulation, massage, exercises for rehabilitation, traction, or other specific warranted treatment.
Neck adjustments, or cervical manipulations, which are generally done by hand, are for the purpose of realigning the vertebrae which are causing the problem so that pressure on the specific nerve is relieved. When the pressure on the nerve is relieved, range of motion is restored. This results in relief of pain as well as relief of the general feeling of soreness.
Chiropractic adjustments for neck pain may require adjustments to the middle (thoracic) and low back (lumbar) as well. Because the spinal column contains so many nerves, the sight of pain may be a good distance from area causing the pain. The cervical pain specialists at New City Chiropractic strive treat the whole spine and the whole patient, rather than just manage symptoms.
In addition to chiropractic neck adjustments, you chiropractor may also include therapeutic massage and strengthening exercises as part of your treatment plan. Strengthening the muscle groups that support your neck can provide direct neck pain relief and help prevent the pain from reoccurring.
Chronic Pain and Depression
If you suffer from chronic neck pain and headaches or migraines arising from your neck pain, there is a strong chance that you also suffer from depression. Studies have shown that between 30 and 80 percent of people with chronic pain are also depressed. They have trouble sleeping and concentrating, which interferes with their ability to perform their work duties and to interact with people socially.
Signs of depression include an overall feeling of sadness, like life is meaningless and there is no hope for the future. Concentration is difficult. There is a loss of interest in participating in activities that were previously pleasurable. When the cause of the pain is identified, and treatment implemented, not only is the pain relieved, but the depression is eased. When the depression is eased, then participation in meaningful life events is resumed.
This relief of pain and depression does not take place overnight. But if you follow the treatment plan you and your chiropractor develop together, you may find your life in general is improved, and your neck pain and headaches are relieved.
Neck Pain Prevention Strategies
There are a number of things you can pay close attention to in order to alleviate your pain or prevent it from continuing.
Make an Appointment with a New City Neck Pain Chiropractor
If you suffer from neck pain, don’t let it interfere with your life for another day. Call the neck pain exerts at New City Chiropractic in Lakeland, Florida and let them get you on your way to a pain-free life! Call today or request and appointment online!