We know that suffering from neck pain can be debilitating. Our necks need to be highly mobile, which is what makes them susceptible to injuries. As problems develop, movements of the neck can start to be increasingly very painful. As things become chronic, the neck can become stiffer leading to a constant dull ache that just won’t go away. There are many types of conditions that create neck pain including arthritis, muscle strain, joint sprain, disc bulges, and “pinched nerves”. Neck pain is one of the leading causes of physical disability and can often lead to other problems like headaches or even radiating arm pain.
Finding the source of neck pain.
Once we have ruled out an underlying disease or problem, we have found that common causes of neck pain are often mechanical in nature. Usually, the joints of the spine are not moving as freely as they are designed to. This causes mechanical stress, which can lead to degeneration, muscle spasms, bulging discs, and irritation of the nerves surrounding the neck.
Our office takes a holistic approach to neck pain. We look at the entire body, not just where it hurts. There can be many habits and factors that contribute to your neck pain, so it is essential we provide a comprehensive assessment. Our process involves a thorough consultation which allows us first to determine if we are in fact the right professionals to help you. If we are not, we will be sure to refer you to the right people. If we deem that we can help you, we will move quickly to a comprehensive examination. During this examination process, we will perform a range of orthopedic, neurological, postural, and musculoskeletal tests in order to find out the root cause of your neck pain. We might suggest imaging such as an in-house X-Ray examination or in more complicated neck pain cases, an MRI. Once we have all the information we need, we sit down and go through the details of why you have pain and how we're going to fix the problem.
Our unique treatment approach to neck pain.
It stands to reason that if most neck pain is mechanical in nature, a comprehensive mechanical approach is best. Our neck pain treatment programs start with a personalized plan of care designed to help you recover naturally, if possible. Our treatment approach may include manual therapy by an Osteopathic Medical Physician, gentle Chiropractic spinal adjustments, (adjustments to the joints of the body particularly the shoulder girdle and upper trunk region), muscle work, custom Physical Therapy exercises, and stretches designed to improve your posture and even Acupuncture when it makes sense. We may also provide prescription medication or injection, if necessary, to ease the pain and help you recover faster. With neck pain, we often look at the lifestyle factors or habits that may have contributed to the problem.
We think our unique way of combining different disciplines all focused on getting you to better faster is what makes us special. We believe we have one of the most comprehensive approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of neck pain you can find anywhere. We combine the best of our multiple disciplines to get faster pain relief that lasts. If you look at some of the comments our patients make, it looks like they agree with our approach!