Common Causes of Neck Pain & 1 Real Solution
Over 80% of North Americans will suffer from neck pain in their lifetime. Our necks are susceptible to injury of the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. By being aware of our posture, performing regular stretching and strengthening exercises, and treatments, together we can prevent and alleviate neck pain. At LINK, our goal is to treat the underlying cause of neck pain and the associated symptoms.
Common causes of neck pain
- Neck pain from texting or using the computer for too long
- Waking up with horrible neck pain or you couldn’t move your neck
- Whiplash from a car accident or sporting injury
- Neck pain from trauma like slips or falls
- Stiff neck from shovelling snow or gardening
All of the above are causes of neck pain. Vertebral misalignment is the most common cause of neck pain. There are other causes of neck pain such as arthritis, disc herniation and degeneration. Problems associated with a misalignment of the spine in the neck area can also result in severe pain in the shoulders, muscle spasms and headaches.
What is your assessment?
Your assessment begins with a thorough health history intake. This includes the onset of symptoms, diet assessment (which can cause systemic inflammation), minor and major trauma. We then perform an orthopaedic assessment, a range of motion test and gait and spinal pattern test.
At LINK we believe in treating the CAUSE, not just the symptoms. Injury in one location of the body may actually manifest as dysfunction in a remote part of the body. This is the reason why a comprehensive assessment is imperative in making a diagnosis and developing a treatment plan.
What is your treatment?
After reviewing your assessment and generating a diagnosis, the chiropractor will provide a report of finding and present a treatment. The treatment plan details such as frequency and duration of the visits, goal setting and re-evaluation date.
Joint Mobilizations are used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by any major or minor trauma. Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Proper spinal alignment can allow proper nervous system function, spinal re-alignment is achieved through chiropractic adjustment.