Struggling with Neck Pain?
Neck pain is experienced on a wide spectrum. Whether the pain is a minor twinge or something that has made the neck immobile, it affects so much of the range of movement that it’s near impossible to stop it from interfering with daily activities. Clinton, Landover, Waldorf, and Washington, DC chiropractors use safe treatment plans to bring the body back to its natural alignment and ease the discomfort of neck problems that can lead to pain elsewhere in the body, headaches, and even muscle weakness over time.
The first step toward finding a solution at Maryland Spine Rehab is to discover the cause of the discomfort.
The Source of Neck Pain
Your neck serves an important purpose. It keeps your head level. It also contains important structures that keep your head in communication with the rest of your body. Your neck contains your spinal column with the small bones of the vertebrae, your spine, and delicate nerves.
The smaller bones in your neck make it possible for your neck to be so mobile. It also makes your neck more vulnerable to injury.
Your neck may be in pain due to an uncomfortable sleeping position, poor posture during the day, or repetitive stress from repeated activities. These repeated activities may seem small, but cause stress on the neck over time. Other causes of pain include trauma to the neck, such as whiplash. This can happen in a car accident or a rough athletic experience. Neck pain can also be caused by abnormalities in the bone structure of the neck, joint pain or other issues, or pulled or strained muscles.
It’s important to understand that the vertebrae in your spinal column have a proper and natural alignment. Sometimes, these bones fall out of alignment. This can happen in many of the circumstances mentioned above that cause neck pain, like whiplash or repeated stress activities. When the neck is out of alignment, it’s common for the vertebrae to irritate the nerves in the neck, causing pain that can travel throughout the body.
Find Relief with Chiropractic Care
In movies and in daily life, we often hear people refer to their neck pain using words like, “It’s just a crick in the neck.” This downplays the pain. It becomes a normal expectation that if your neck or back hurts, this is a pain that should be lived with. There is a belief that eventually, it will correct itself. People believe they should ignore the pain and do better at “toughing it out”.
Chiropractors know that suffering through neck pain is not a good plan. Not only is it unhelpful to live with daily discomfort that interferes with your quality of life, letting misaligned vertebrae irritate the nerves in your neck can cause long-term damage. The longer an issue is left untreated, the longer it may take to correct the problem.
Sometimes, the pain may go away on its own but then return. This is because the misalignment was never corrected. The pain went away as things shifted in the neck, but the natural alignment wasn’t found. Sometimes this can lead to serious problems that require surgery. Even if the pain was managed with pain medications, the internal problems persist until they are corrected.
Chiropractic care in Clinton, Landover, Waldorf, and Washington, DC is noninvasive. Through gentle adjustments, the spinal column is returned to alignment. A chiropractor’s treatment plan works to fix the underlying problem, instead of only treating the pain as a temporary measure. Realigning the bones means a real solution instead of just getting through another day of neck pain.
On the first visit to a chiropractor, they will perform a thorough exam and work to discover the source of the pain. They will then create an individualized treatment plan, with gentle adjustments that create relief right now as well as build long-term solutions for better health.
If you need answers about neck pain, you can contact Maryland Spine Rehab for a chiropractic consultation today and we can work to uncover the source of your pain and create a treatment plan for real solutions.