Neck pain is one of the most common conditions we treat, and is the second most common form of pain in the United States (back pain is first!). Just look at the facts on neck pain below!
Chiropractors are experts in the spine and musculoskeletal system, and are therefore the perfect healthcare providers to treat problems associated with the neck.
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The Cervical Spine
The cervical spine is the portion of the spinal column occupied by the neck. It consists of the first seven vertebrae, starting at the base of your skull and ending at your thoracic spine. The cervical curve, one of only three curves in your spine, is crucial to overall spinal health. Any subluxation in the cervical spine can cause neck pain, headaches, migraines, muscle stiffness, and more. Sometimes, this pain manifests itself quickly, other times it can take years for the pain or other issues to surface — this is why its important to get routinely checked by your chiropractor — so they can prevent issues before they start!
Why The Cervical Spine Is Important
The curvatures in the spine serve as shock absorbers for different body parts. If the proper curvatures in the spine are not present, your discs and joints experience increased pressure. This pressure is similar to attempting to jump off a ledge without bending your knees — not pleasant.
An unhealthy curve can also cause premature disc degeneration and premature joint space degeneration in the spine — eventually leading to arthritis, joint fusion, and even neurological symptoms.
How To Determine If You Have A Healthy Curve
The best way to determine if your cervical curve is healthy, is to leave it to the experts. Have your chiropractor evaluate your spine to determine the health of your spinal curve and the best methods for treatment. It’s important to note that pain is a late indicator of an issue — even if you’re currently not experiencing any pain, we’d recommend taking preventative steps and being evaluated by a chiropractor.
Through chiropractic adjustments, many patients experience decreased or eliminated pain, as well as many other improvements such as increased energy, better sleep, and less headaches.
Make your appointment today to have your spine evaluated so we can help you kick your neck pain to the curb!