Pain in the Neck?

May 10, 2017 - Miller_Chris

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Neck pain is a very common issue we treat as Chiropractors. It is estimated that 80% of people will have neck pain at some time in their life (1). There are many causes of neck pain, however the most common form of neck pain we see is mechanical, meaning it is caused from the muscles, tendons or joints. We call this neck strain, and is often times not associated with a specific injury.

 

Symptoms of neck pain

  • Achiness or stiffness in the neck
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain referred behind the eyes, temples or scalp
  • Pain between the shoulder blades

 

 

Most common causes of neck pain

  • Poor posture from work, computer and cell phone use
  • Whiplash from a car accident
  • Sleeping in a poor position, especially stomach sleeping

 

Treatment for neck pain

  • Active Release Therapy
  • Manipulations
  • Ice (first couple days after onset of pain)
  • Heat (chronic pain)

 

Neck pain exercises

  • Neck stretches
  • Neck range of motion
  • Posture exercises
  • Core exercises

 

References

http://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/turn-away-from-neck-pain

 

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