Neck pain and stiffness is exceedingly common. Approximately 20% of adults experience neck pain. The symptoms can range from neck discomfort with tightness to sharp neck pain with immobility. Neck pain chiropractors often see patients after a case of mild neck discomfort is exacerbated with injury and becomes sharp and painful. At The Backstory Chiropractic in Caringbah, we specialise in neck pain treatment.
What Causes Neck Pain?
There are many causes of neck pain that your chiropractor will need to investigate. Injuries occur either rapidly or gradually over time and materialise in the bones, discs, ligaments, joints and muscles around the neck. There are many factors that contribute to neck pain such as arthritis, scoliosis, back stiffness, fitness, age, nature of work and genetics.
Poor posture also is one of the most common causes of neck pain. Sitting in a hunched position or having your head down for long periods of time can cause tension and strain on the muscles and ligaments in the neck, leading to pain. Repetitive motion such as typing on a computer or playing an instrument can also cause neck pain due to overuse of certain muscles. Other causes include bad sleep habits, gritting your teeth, carrying a heavy shoulder bag or purse, pinched nerves and whiplash from car accidents.
If you are experiencing any kind of neck pain, see our experienced professionals at our Caringbah clinic. They will be able to diagnose the underlying cause and provide you with treatment options tailored to your individual needs.
What treatments can be delivered by a chiropractor for neck pain?
Chiropractic treatments will vary depending on the specific source and the underlying causes of your neck pain. A neck pain chiropractor will use many treatment techniques, including mobility techniques, targeted massage, stretching, chiropractic adjustments (manipulation), dry needling (acupuncture) and rehabilitation exercises. The treatment techniques utilised for each patient are chosen based on the individual patient’s condition and preferences. These techniques have been shown to be effective in reducing neck pain by scientifically controlled trials and are recommended by international clinical practice guidelines.
Other symptoms can include:
- Muscle tightness
- Upper back discomfort
- Pain into the shoulder and down the arm
- Pins and needles or numbness in the arm or hand
- Muscle weakness in the arm or hand