Today’s modern living often entails hours of driving and hunching over workstations, which can play havoc with our necks. So it is not surprising that neck pain is the second most common condition that chiropractors treat. Whilst neck pain is less common than low back pain, millions of people experience neck pain and related arm pain at some stage in their lives and therefore seek chiropractic care.
Neck pain results from injuries of the soft tissues – muscles, ligaments, and nerves, as well as in the bone and the joints of the spine.
If you have neck pain, ‘a crick in the neck’, what sometimes feels like a pulled muscle, the most likely injury you may have is a facet joint sprain, also called Facet Joint Syndrome.
You can of course have another reason for your pain, which is why a thorough understanding and knowledge is important in order to accurately diagnose and treat your problem. That is why Chiropractors have between 4 and 5 years training to specialise in muscle and joint problems.
Ligaments, discs and nerves also give rise to pain and here we are going to give you some examples in how the pain can vary with the different types of injuries.
The good news is that chiropractors specialise in these problems and therefore we are likely to be able to help you.
Disc injuries are rare but it is the most common cause of nerve entrapments.
Is the most common condition causing neck pain. It can be in conjunction with other problems such as disc injuries too. Muscle involvement is common. Read more about Facet Joint Sprain Of The Neck.
A disc herniation is thankfully a relatively rare condition which gives very specific symptoms. It usually causes pain radiating into the arm but not always. If it affects the nerves, it is also associated with numbness, tingling and weakness in the arm and hand. Read more about Disc Herniation of the Neck.
Muscle strain of the neck muscles can happen when you overtrain or overuse a muscle, but muscle tears of the neck is very uncommon! The most common cause of a muscle strain or tear would be a traumatic injury such as a Whiplash injury. Read more about Muscle Strain of the Neck.
In order for you to tear a muscle you need to move the neck so far that the ligaments and joints are likely to be involved, but muscle pain is often associated with a join or ligament injury. Muscles go into a protective muscle spasm when there is pain from other structures.
Muscles can generate pain all by themselves from so called Trigger Points. This is usually as a result from overuse and prolonged static use and therefore is more likely to affect the postural muscles. However, it is rare for it not to involve the facet joints and ligaments. Read more about Trigger Points and Referred Pain.
Lateral stenosis can be caused by were and tear of the spine also called osteoarthritis or spondylosis. It occurs if spurs form and narrow the canal where the spinal nerve exits, giving rise to arm symptoms, such as numbness, tingling and weakness in the arm and hand. Read more about Cervical Lateral Stenosis.
Central stenosis can be caused by wear and tear of the spine also called osteoarthritis or spondylosis. It occurs if spurs form and narrow the spinal canal putting pressure on the spinal cord. Disc injuries can also cause the problem and there are other reasons. If you get nerve compression it is often associated with leg symptoms, such as stiffness and unsteadiness. Read more about Cervical Central Stenosis.
Regardless of why you think you have pain it is important to deal with it sooner rather than later. The longer you have a problem the harder it is to treat.
Having pain is not normal even though it is common.
If you have any questions, please contact Isis Chiropractic Centres here.