Neck pain can interfere with daily life and is one of the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care. Chiropractor Dr. David Nichols has extensive experience treating neck pain in patients of all ages at his private practice in Belmont, California. If you suffer from pain or stiffness in your neck, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Your neck, or cervical spine, is composed of seven small bones (vertebrae) that extend from the base of your skull to your thoracic spine. The neck has several important roles, including supporting the weight of your head and providing a wide range of motion. However, this mobility makes your neck especially vulnerable to problems that cause pain.
There are numerous causes of neck pain, including daily activities like driving or sitting at a desk and looking at a computer for long periods of time. Common causes of neck pain include:
Injuries, such as whiplash, muscle strains, and sprains, damage the tissues supporting your neck and head. These injuries can occur in a motor vehicle collision or another type of accident, or even from minor things like reading in bed or clenching your jaw.
As you grow older, the soft tissues that support and cushion your joints may begin to break down. Degenerative disorders that cause neck pain include osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis.
Performing daily activities with poor posture is a common cause of neck pain. Other lifestyle factors that contribute to neck pain include weak abdominal muscles, obesity, and emotional stress.
First, Dr. Nichols performs a complete chiropractic exam to determine the exact cause of your neck pain. He reviews your symptoms and medical history and asks questions about when the pain started and if anything makes it better or worse.
He evaluates your posture, range of motion, muscle strength, and reflexes during a physical and neurological exam. He may also order a diagnostic test, like an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
Then, Dr. Nichols develops an individualized treatment plan to relieve your neck pain without drugs or surgery. This may include chiropractic adjustments, which involve gentle, controlled, manual manipulation of your spine.
The number and frequency of treatments you need depend on your unique situation. Most people experience immediate relief after only one adjustment, but you may need to return multiple times over the course of several weeks for ongoing improvement.
To improve your overall quality of life by alleviating neck pain, call the office of Dr. David Nichols, or book an appointment online today.