Having neck pain can be miserable but when do you need to see doctor?

Neck pain

Mayo Clinic posted a great article which addresses this issue.  It is quick and to the point so enjoy!

"Neck pain is a common complaint. Most causes of neck pain aren't serious. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture — whether it's leaning into your computer at work or hunching over your workbench doing hobbies at home. Wear-and-tear arthritis also is a common cause of neck pain.

But sometimes neck pain can signify something more serious. Seek immediate medical care if you experience:

  • Shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm
  • Numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands
  • Change in bladder or bowel habits
  • Inability to touch your chin to your chest

The precise location and severity of your neck pain provides important clues in determining what might be causing it. Make sure to tell your doctor if any head or neck movements make your neck pain better or worse."

The article goes on to talk about problems that are well treated with Chiropractic Care.

  • "Stiffened disks. As you age, the cushioning disks between your vertebrae become dry and stiff, narrowing the spaces in your spinal column where the nerves exit.
  • Herniated disks. This occurs when the inner gel-like material of a disk protrudes through the disk's tougher outer covering. The protrusion can press on nerves exiting the spinal column, causing arm pain or weakness, or on the spinal cord itself.
  • Bone spurs. Arthritic joints in your neck can develop bony growths that may press on nerves."
  • Nerve compression A variety of problems in your neck's vertebrae can reduce the amount of space available for nerves to branch out from the spinal cord."

Most neck problems are best treated with conservative chiropractic care! This is because most neck problems are a structural problem. Getting to the source of the problem is essential in all treatments. If you know someone who is suffering from Neck pain encourage them to see a Chiropractor as the care safe and effective.

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