The neck or Cervical spine is a working network of nerves, bones, joints and muscles which all coordinate together to provide strength, stability and nerve communication. The brain and the spinal cord are responsible for directing this effort.
A variety of conditions can occur in the Cervical spine, leading to a pain in the neck. Sometimes the pain is pinpoint and local to the neck. Other times, irritation along the nerve pathways can cause various symptoms including radiating pain, tingling and/or numbness into the shoulder, head, arm and hand. A stiff neck is another symptom of neck pain and can cause difficulty when trying to turn the head.
Neck pain can have causes unrelated to an underlying disease. Examples include prolonged straining from activities requiring looking up or down for long periods of time, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, stress, abnormal posture, or even something seemingly innocuous as wearing heavy necklaces and jewelry around the neck.
Most commonly, neck pain is due to a muscle sprain, which is a stretching or tearing of a muscle or tissue connecting the muscle to bone (tendon). Whiplash is a neck injury that can be caused from car accidents, sports, falls or other events causing the head to suddenly move backward then forward. Neck pain can also occur with arthritis, causing inflammatory conditions in the joints, leading to stiffness and problems that can worsen with age if left untreated.
Chiropractic treatment is a conservative, natural and safe and effective way of treating and managing neck pain. It has been shown to relieve pain, reduce stress and improve the brain-body connection leading to a strengthened and improved immune system. Next time you reach for the coverup type of remedy out of a bottle, think about trying a more permanent solution such as a chiropractic adjustment.