Neck pain can occur as a mild, constant ache or more severe pain that flares up with certain movements, such as turning the head. Some patients experience neck pain that gets worse when they keep their head in the same position for a long time, such as while they’re looking at a computer screen. Other symptoms that can occur with neck pain include headaches, a limited range of motion, and muscle spasms.
One of the most common causes is muscle strain, which can occur from daily activities, such as staring down at a laptop, computer, or smartphone screen for several hours. Some patients experience neck pain from osteoarthritis, which is a chronic condition that causes the cartilage between bones to become worn. When this happens, bone spurs can develop and lead to irritation. Other causes of neck pain include too much pressure on nerves due to herniated discs, trauma to the neck, and some diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Knecht evaluates patients to discover the cause of neck pain.
Since neck pain has several possible causes, Dr. Knecht carefully evaluates patients and orders imaging tests when needed. During an evaluation, he has patients turn their head in different directions to assess pain. If this doesn’t provide enough information for a diagnosis, Dr. Knecht orders imaging tests such as CT scans, X-rays, and MRIs. These types of tests give detailed images of the neck for a more accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Knecht provides chiropractic care for neck pain. Chiropractic care involves making manual adjustments to the spine to make sure the bones or vertebrae and spinal discs line up correctly. Putting these back into the right alignment, especially in the upper part of the spine, helps ease tension and relieves pain and stiffness in the neck. Dr. Knecht sometimes recommends therapeutic massage along with chiropractic adjustments to help keep muscles relaxed and relieve any tension that builds up.
For more information on chiropractic care for neck pain, please contact Knecht Chiropractic Clinic.
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