Causes of Neck Pain

There are many causes for neck pain. Injuries, such as car accidents for falls the obvious examples. However, most people with neck pain can’t identify a specific injury.

Just like it was not the last mile that you drove that caused your car to need repair, the accumulation of stresses from many sources can result in chronic, sometimes debilitating, neck pain. Acute (short term) and chronic (long term) mechanical neck pain can be effectively treated once the cause(s) is/are identified and the appropriate measures are implemented.
Some of the more common causes of neck pain include:

-incomplete recovery from past injuries
-presence of cervical spine misalignments
-whiplash-type injuries
-improper workstation setup
-poor posture (such as abnormal carriage of the head on the neck)
-prolonged sitting
-excessive repetitive neck motions
-improper telephone techniques
-presence of cervical spine misalignments
-excessive mental stress
-physical inactivity
-poor diet and nutritional practices
-prolonged use of non-ergonomically designed equipment

Treatment of Neck Pain

Doctors of chiropractic have long known that the most successful treatments involve the identification and correction of the underlying causes of the condition. That's why chiropractic care has been so successful in the correction of back and neck conditions and is the number one choice for back and neck care.


Identifying The Cause

The first step in treating neck pain is to determine what has and is causing the neck pain. Once the specific causes and contributing factors are identified, a successful treatment plan can be structured to eliminate pain and achieve the goals of the patient.

The Treatment

Chiropractic treatments for neck pain may corporate the use of a number of therapies, all of which are gentle, safe, natural and noninvasive. However, the true power of chiropractic care is found in the chiropractic adjustment - the most effective and essential treatment employed by the chiropractor. The reason? Quite simply, the chiropractic adjustment corrects the joint dysfunction that is blocking the restoration of normal function (and health) to the problem area.
Most individuals experiencing neck pain have either

-suffered an acute accident such as whiplash, where the structural integrity of the neck has been altered and tissue damage has occurred, or
-been exposed to long periods of adverse neck and spinal stresses most commonly from bad or improper postural habits and techniques.

In both cases, the spinal components are almost always structurally misaligned and therefore function inefficiently or not at all. In other words, the vertebrae and their supporting structures have lost their "optimal" positioning and their movements are occurring in an inappropriate and stressful manner. The only effective and long-term way to correct structural misalignment and restore function is to realign the spinal segments. This is the job of the chiropractor, who performs very specific, gentle adjustments to the involved areas.

Proper Habits and Techniques

Another key ingredient to a successful neck pain treatment plan is learning or restoring proper postural. Proper posture is a significant factor in maintaining the health of the neck and back. The importance of proper posture in maintaining spinal health cannot be over-stated.
Techniques common to daily living and work also play a major role in the development or lack of development of neck pain. This includes proper lifting techniques, telephone techniques, avoidance of repetitive motions, and much more. Teaching these techniques is part of our treatment plan for every patient at The Chiropractic Clinic of Newberry.

Other Therapies

At Tge Chiropractic Clinic of Newberry, we combine the most effective tools of Chiropractic with those of Physical Medicine to obtain the most effective, fastest, and longest-lasting treatment outcome for our patients. Included in our treatment programs are a broad array of technique options including electrical muscle stimulation, intersegmental traction, neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation exercise programs, balance training, cryotherapy, moist heat, ultrasound, Active Release muscle therapy, and other options.

Diet and nutrition also play a key role in the health of the cervical spine. Without the proper nutrients, the cervical spine and rest of the body are less compromised and cannot remain healthy and heal once injured. If your diet and nutritional status is poor, we can help get you on track with practical, useful nutritional counseling.