Our Gresham Chiropractor Discusses Neck Pain Causes and Treatment
Almost everybody experiences neck pain at one time or another. In most cases, neck pain is not a serious condition but pain and stiffness of your neck can be very uncomfortable. Fortunately, our Gresham chiropractor can diagnose neck pain, determine its cause, and offer treatment.
If you suffer from neck pain, you are not alone. About seven out of ten people experience neck pain at some point in their lives. Neck pain is becoming increasingly common, particularly among office workers and people who use computers or other digital devices.
Causes of Neck Pain
Your neck is a complex system of bones, muscle, nerves, and joints. The bones of your neck form the upper part of your spine, an area known as the cervical spine. These bones, known as vertebrae, are stacked on top of one another like a deck of cards. This configuration allows you to bend, twist and turn your neck to move your head in a variety of directions.
All the bones of your spine support the weight of your body, but your cervical spine and its associated ligaments and muscles have the special task of supporting your head, which can weigh about 11 to 12 pounds. Rubbery discs between the vertebrae provide cushion by absorbing shock between the bones. Any abnormalities, inflammation, or injury in these structures of the neck can cause neck pain or stiffness.
A variety of injuries and diseases can cause neck pain. Muscle tension and strain associated with poor posture, sitting at a desk for too long without changing position, wrenching your neck during a physical activity, or sleeping with your neck in an unusual position. Neck pain may be associated with injuries that stretch the muscles and ligaments of your neck beyond their normal limits, such as car accidents that cause whiplash. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and herniated discs can trigger neck pain. Misalignments in the cervical vertebrae can also cause neck pain.
Our Chiropractor Provides Treatment for Neck Pain in Oregon
Our chiropractor provides safe, effective treatment for neck pain. Pain management techniques for neck pain may include a neck adjustment, also known as cervical manipulation. This type of chiropractic treatment the improves the mobility of the cervical spine, restores range of motion there, and alleviates pain, soreness, and stiffness.
Depending on the cause of your neck pain, our chiropractor may suggest other treatments, such as corrective exercises to strengthen the muscles of your neck in ways that correct irregularities, spinal and postural screenings to check your posture and spinal alignment, and massage therapy to melt away muscle spasms. We may even provide coaching through lifestyle advice, which can help you discover habits and activities that may be contributing to your neck pain.
Call Aspire Chiropractic & Massage Today!
If you suffer from neck pain, make an appointment with our Gresham chiropractor. Aspire Chiropractic & Massage is conveniently located at 22124 NE Glisan St. in Gresham, OR. Make your appointment today by calling (503) 618-0147.