Neck Pain

What is causing my neck pain?

  • Most causes of neck pain are considered “non-specific” or “mechanical”, meaning that there is no known serious underlying pathology. In other words, the pain you are feeling is coming from the function of your spine and the supporting anatomy around your spine, such as muscles, joints and nerves.
  • In other words, the pain you are feeling is coming from the function of your spine and the supporting anatomy around your spine, such as muscles, joints and nerves.These structures become irritated most commonly due to prolonged postural irritation. Your head weighs about 5 kilograms and must be properly supported by the rest of your spine. If you spend many hours or perform repetitive tasks with a forward head posture, neck pain can result due to the forces involved. Of course, sudden trauma such as whiplash injuries can also cause neck pain.
  • These structures become irritated most commonly due to prolonged postural irritation. Your head weighs about 5 kilograms and must be properly supported by the rest of your spine. If you spend many hours or perform repetitive tasks with a forward head posture, neck pain can result due to the forces involved. Of course, sudden trauma such as whiplash injuries can also cause neck pain.
  • In the minority of cases, neck pain can be caused by pathologies like cancer, fractures, herniated discs, spinal stenosis and infection.

 

How do chiropractors help with neck pain?

  • Chiropractors help to restore proper alignment and movement to your spine, relieving pressure on your nervous system.
  • Correction of misalignments called subluxations in your spine results in positive outcomes for both acute and chronic neck pain.
  • Once under control, your chiropractor can help you with preventative strategies by addressing your lifestyle and environment.
  • Your chiropractor will also be able to help identify any rare pathologies that could be causing your neck pain.

 

 

Patient satisfaction with chiropractic

  • Numerous studies have shown chiropractors to rate among the highest in patient satisfaction.
  • This high satisfaction is related to the overall effectiveness of care, patient communication and providing useful advice and information.

 

Chiropractic vs. Traditional Medical Management of Neck Pain

  Chiropractic Medical
Treatment Approach Removing interference and allowing self-healing.
Addressing root cause in lifestyle and environment.
Removal of pain by masking symptoms with chemical intervention (medication) and altering the natural state of the body.
Side Effects Very few, minor in nature Very common, vary from minor to severe
Cost Cost-effective and sustainable Costly and not sustainable long-term
Patient Satisfaction Among the highest High

 

Modern day ergonomics, technology use and neck pain

  • The rapid advancement of technologies such as laptops, smartphones and tablets, has accelerated poor posture at home and in the workplace. In fact, it is now estimated that 90% of the workforce use computers, phones or tablets to perform at least some aspects of their jobs.
  • This increase in technology use leads to more time spent in sedentary positions such as sitting and looking downwards, which takes the spine out of a neutral position and creates postural irritation, leading to neck pain.

 

Conservative before invasive!

  • In most cases, chiropractic care should be used as a first line of defence for neck pain, since side-effects are low and treatment methods are natural for your body.
  • Traditional medical approaches using drugs and surgery have their place, however, should only be used in a small percentage of cases considering the nature of most neck pain.
  • Studies have shown that in most cases, long-term patient outcomes are no better with invasive surgical procedures compared to conservative care with chiropractic, meaning that avoiding the high cost and associated risk of surgery is a good bet!

 

A wellness approach

  • It’s important for you to realise that chiropractic is not a “cure” for neck pain.
  • In reality, your body does all the healing; chiropractors help ensure proper movement and alignment of your spine, and freedom for your nervous system, which maximises your body’s ability to heal itself.
  • As always, it’s important to realise that true health comes from the combination of many lifestyle choices – your chiropractor will be able to help you form effective lifestyle habits to reduce future episodes of neck pain.

 

 

 

 

 

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