Charlotte neck pain can begin in any of the areas of the neck. This includes all of the muscles, nerves, and vertebrae of the spine. It also includes the cushioning disks in between the vertebrae. Neck pain may also occur in regions near the neck such as the jaw, head, shoulders, and upper arms. Because of soreness and neck pain, many patients suffer with loss of motion in these areas. Most prominently, they have trouble turning their neck from side to side. This is what we commonly describe as having a stiff neck. In the event that nerves are pinched or pressed on by bulging discs, you can suffer with significant muscle spasm, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm, hand, or areas below the neck.
Common causes of neck pain
Nearly everyone has heard of whiplash, but the most common cause of neck pain is muscle strain. Extended and repeated exposure to everyday activities is to blame for common muscle strain. Activities such as bending over a desk or work bench for hours, using poor posture while watching TV, or reading and watching your computer monitor when it is too high or too low. Most of us have experienced sleeping in an uncomfortable position and waking the next morning with a stiff and sore neck. As mentioned before, traumatic accidents or falls can cause severe neck injuries like whiplash, vertebral fractures, and even paralysis.
Home care for neck pain
For minor, common causes of neck pain it is best to try to refrain from taking medications with the many side effects that they present. It is best to apply ice to new injuries and heat to chronic neck pain. Typically, this means using ice for the first 48 – 72 hours, then use heat after that. Heat may be applied in the form of warm showers, hot compresses, or a heating pad. Never apply heat and fall asleep. You can also perform low impact range-of-motion exercises that will gently stretch your neck muscles. Another home treatment is to have a partner gently massage your sore and painful areas.
Top chiropractors treat Charlotte neck pain
If you do not notice improvement in your neck pain after a week of home treatment, you should see one of the doctors at ChiroCarolina®. They are spine care specialists who use natural and gentle techniques to treat your neck injury. They specialize in treating patients for chronic and acute neck pain, acute pain, accidents and sports injuries. When it comes to follow-up care, ChiroCarolina® stands above other area clinics. Dr. Rice, Dr. Saario, and Dr. Ali are passionate about relieving neck pain and providing high quality chiropractic care for their patients. They have delivered excellent chiropractic care to thousands of people in North Carolina. Contact us today for an evaluation of your Charlotte neck pain.
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