Neck pain is a common problem with patients who come in our office. Sometimes pain in other places like the shoulders or head are actually caused by problems in the cervical area such as a pinched nerve or disc injury. Here are some interesting facts about neck pain: 1. Neck pain is reported more frequently in females than males. 2. Right now, 1 in 10 adults hurt from neck pain. 3. 15.1% of the American population claims that neck pain is their most common pain complaint. 4.
As discussed last month, when you make an appointment for a chiropractic evaluation for your neck pain, your doctor of chiropractic will provide both in-office procedures as well as teach you many self-help approaches so that as a “team”, together WE can manage your neck pain or headache complaint to a satisfying end-point. So, what are some of these procedures? Let’s take a look! In the office, you can expect to receive a thorough history, examination, x-ray (if warranted),
Last month, we covered the importance of your car seat’s head restraint for preventing whiplash. This month, let’s discuss additional measures one can take… AIRBAGS: In addition to a correctly positioned head restraint, having a vehicle that is equipped with airbags has been described as “essential in the prevention of injuries and/or death,” especially in frontal or head-on collisions. Airbags are inflatable devices that fill up in a fraction of a second during a serious mot
We all know what it feels like to have limited neck motion, as most of us have had neck pain at some point in time. It makes doing simple things like backing up a car, rolling over in bed, reading, and watching TV difficult-to-impossible. The goal of this article is to review some of the many causes of neck pain and what to do about it! Let’s take a look at the various types of tissues that can generate pain: 1) MUSCLES: There are MANY layers of muscles in the neck. There ar
Whiplash is a slang term for an injury to the neck that’s typically associated with a motor vehicle collision (MVC). A better term for “whiplash” is “whiplash associated disorder” (WAD) as it includes specific history and exam findings. There are usually two phases to an MVC: 1) an acceleration phase that is followed by 2) a deceleration phase. Injury can arise during either phase depending on the following: 1) The direction or angle of the collision (head-on, rear-end, T-bon