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Why is neck pain so common?
What causes neck pain?
Injury, accidents and normal aging are common contributors to chronic neck pain. Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, a sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction with a resulting rebound that injures supporting neck and head tissues. With aging, degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease can directly affect the spine.
What does a chiropractor treat neck pain?
A doctor of chiropractic will gather details about the history of the problem and then perform physical and neurological examinations to determine the source and extent of your pain. Physical exams help assess your posture, range of motion and movements that contribute to the pain.
What is a neck adjustment?
A manual neck adjustment is performed to restore mobility and relieve pain. It also is known as a cervical manipulation. This safe and precise procedure relieves constriction in the neck joints and allows for relaxation of the adjoining muscles.Typically, you will notice an almost immediate improvement in the ability to turn and move the head. Reduced pain and stiffness also are noticeable. The Annals of Internal Medicine recently published research results showing that chiropractic care and simple exercises done at home are better at reducing pain than taking medications like aspirin, ibuprofen or narcotics.
What if my neck pain is caused by a disease?
If your chiropractor diagnoses a condition such as a neck fracture or any indication that neck pain is related to disease, he or she will refer you to a medical physician.Eric Seamands, DC, provides chiropractic care at Sanford Chiropractic in Bismarck and Sanford Health Occupational Medicine Clinic in Dickinson. Seamands is a graduate of North Dakota State University at Fargo and Northwestern Health Sciences University at Bloomington, Minn.