Causes of Neck Pain

JULY 8, 2021

What is the most common cause of neck pain?
The most common cause of neck pain is a misalignment of the bones in your neck. When the bones in your neck are out of their natural alignment, they can’t move properly. This change in the range of motion can lead to pain and inflammation in the neck.
What is neck pain a symptom of?
Neck pain is a symptom of underlying issues in the bones and soft tissue of your neck. A proper examination by a doctor of chiropractic can reveal your specific underlying causes.
What causes neck pain without injury?
Neck pain without an injury is usually caused by chronic poor posture and untreated spinal misalignment issues. Having x-rays performed by a doctor of chiropractic can help you better understand your specific neck pain cause.
What causes neck pain everyday?
Having neck pain every day can have a variety of causes. Sometimes that neck pain is caused by a worn out pillow that needs to be replaced. Other times it's a poor posture or poor Ergonomics at your workstation. It can also be caused by spinal alignment issues that have not been diagnosed. Even old injuries that were not treated properly can start to cause pain years later. This is why an examination with the doctor of chiropractic is so important. It helps determine the underlying causes of your neck pain.
How should I sleep with neck pain?
When you have neck pain it is important to sleep in comfortable positions. For some, that means sleeping on their back. Other times it can mean sleeping on your side. It is important to make sure you have a pillow that is right for you. No two people are the same. A doctor of chiropractic can discuss your sleeping positions and help you better understand how to sleep with your neck pain.
What is the fastest way to relieve neck pain?
The fastest way to relieve neck pain is to figure out what is causing it. Too often people chase the symptoms without ever figuring out the underlying cause. That may help in the short term but usually creates more neck pain in the long term. This is why doing an examination and taking x-rays with a doctor of chiropractic is so important. We need to know the underlying causes of your neck pain so we can develop a care plan that fits your needs>
What is the best exercise for neck pain?
Different exercises are effective for your treatment of neck pain. It all depends on what stage of your treatment you are at. When you begin a course of care with your doctor of chiropractic, most of the time just taking walks will help alleviate your neck pain after your chiropractic adjustment. As your neck pain and range of motion begin to improve, your doctor of chiropractic may introduce certain isometric neck exercises to improve the strength of your neck.
Does sleeping without a pillow reduce neck pain?
Sleeping without a pillow is only recommended to certain patients. It is important to understand how a patient sleeps at night before any change is recommended in their sleeping habits.

 

Hello, everyone, it's Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place. I wanted to talk to you guys today about the top three reasons that I see people with neck pain in my office. Most of the time people are coming in, there can be a variety of things that are contributing to it. Some of the times, it's a combination of all three. But a lot of times, people, they have neck pain, maybe they're having trouble sleeping, they could be experiencing headaches associated with that neck pain, but here are the top three reasons that I see people for neck pain in my office.

Number one, old injuries. So this is really common where somebody had maybe an old whiplash injury or maybe an old football injury to their neck, and it's created neck pain over time. Typically if that injury wasn't treated properly, those people are gonna start experiencing neck pain down the line. Something we see with whiplash and stuff like that is a chronic pain and chronic whiplash 12-18 months later, sometimes it could be even five-plus years later, if that injury isn't properly treated.

The number two reason that people come in for neck pain, poor posture. Maybe it's that you're at a desk a lot of the time, or there are just some unhealthy ergonomic habits of not sitting properly, not getting up and taking the breaks that you need, that's a really common cause for neck pain. And the number one thing that we see in our offices, and this is what chiropractors treat in their office, is something we call subluxation. Subluxation is a chiropractic term which is saying that a bone and a joint is not moving properly, it's not in its proper alignment, and it's creating some kind of nerve disturbance or nerve interference in your body. And when you see subluxations, that can not only cause the pain in your neck, it could be affecting nerve flow to whatever part of your body that we find that subluxation. So that's a very important thing.

A lot of the time, it's a combination of all of these. That's why we do a detailed history with our patients, to try to better understand what's been going on. We document old injuries that they have, if they sit a lot, what kind of postural issues they might have. And then obviously, as a chiropractor, I'm looking for this right here, subluxation, what is out of alignment, causing pressure on your nerve system affecting your body. So this is why in our office, you guys, detailed history, we do X-rays on our patients, especially when there's chronic, long-term stuff going on, we wanna better understand what's going on with your body so that we can give you what you're looking for. And a lot of times patients who come to our office with neck pain, they start experiencing obviously less neck pain, or we get rid of that neck pain, improvement in headaches, better sleep, they feel better posturally, more energy.

There's a lot of side benefits to getting adjusted in dealing with that. Maybe neck pain is what brings you in, but subluxation, when bones are out of place, putting pressure on your nerve system. Your nerve system controls everything in your body, so when we start making positive changes to that, that starts allowing your nerve system to function at a much higher level. So there's a number of benefits that you receive even when you're coming in for just having neck pain and you wanna deal with that, other things that we start to see also improve.

If you have any questions about the top three reasons you have neck pain or any questions about neck pain at all, give my office a call. I'm Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place.

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