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Neck Pain and Chiropractic Treatment
Neck pain is a common problem in today’s modern living which often entails hours of driving and hunching over workstations, which often play havoc with our necks. So it is not surprising that neck pain is the second most common condition that we treat at the Isis Chiropractic Centres.
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.
Disc injuries are rare but it is the most common cause of nerve entrapments.
Diagnosing and Treating Neck Pain
If you have neck pain, ‘a crick in the neck’, which 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.
Here is a list of different causes of neck pain we see in our clinics.
Neck Pain From a Cervical Facet Joint Sprain
This 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.
Pain From a Slipped Cervical Disc / Disc Herniation
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.
Neck Pain From a Muscle Strain
Muscle strain of the neck muscles can happen when you overtrain or overuse a muscle, but muscle tears of the neck are very uncommon! The most common cause of a muscle strain or tear would be a traumatic injury such as a Whiplash injury.
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 joint or ligament injury. Muscles go into a protective muscle spasm when there is pain from other structures.
Neck Pain From Trigger Points (Referred Pain)
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.
Pain From Cervical Lateral Stenosis, Trapped Nerve in the Neck
Lateral stenosis can be caused by wear 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.
Pain From Cervical Central Stenosis And Spinal Cord compression (Myelopathy)
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.
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.
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The most common reasons are degenerative changes of the spine, where spurs form and start to encroach the central canal. There are other reasons. It is important to have a thorough examination to be able to give an accurate diagnosis and prognosis.
Lateral canal stenosis also called foraminal stenosis. A condition with narrowing of the canal where the spinal nerve exits from the spine. Can have many causes. It is therefore important to find out why the symptoms are there and not just say ‘it is a trapped nerve’.
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If you have neck pain, 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 knowledge is important in order to accurately diagnose and treat you.