Why Does My Neck Hurt?
Neck pain is one of the most common conditions treated at Spine and Wellness Cincinnati. In fact, many patients come in to the office and ask, “Why does my neck hurt?” Your neck and shoulders contain muscles, bones, discs, nerves, arteries, veins, ligaments and many other supporting structures. The most common causes of pain in the neck and shoulder area stem from:
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Whiplash Injury
- Sprained or Strained Ligaments
- Muscle Spasms
- Osteoarthritis or Spondylosis
- Spinal Misalignments
- Poor Posture
- Stressful Lifestyle
- Poor Diet
Neck problems are seldom caused by one specific problem, but usually involves a combination of tight muscles, joint immobility, disc problems, and pressure on the nerves. There are several reasons why neck pain is so common in our society. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture, leaning over your computer, sitting for extended periods, or hunching over your workbench. Car accidents and whiplash injuries are a common cause of pain that may last a lifetime. Chronic texting or tablet use can strain your posture and increase the chance of neck pain. Osteoarthritis, or chronic wear-and tear, is also a common cause of neck pain. If your neck pain is accompanied by numbness, loss of strength in your arms/hands, or if you have shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm, seek immediate care as these symptoms may indicate a more serious problem. It is also wise to remember that neck and shoulder function go hand in hand. If you’re having shoulder pain, get your neck checked out. And if you’re having neck pain, get your shoulder evaluated.
To understand why neck pain is so common in our society, we must first understand the design of the neck. Here are 3 basic concepts:
- The upper neck is designed to be extremely flexible. The majority of neck movement occurs in the top 2 vertebrae.
- The lower neck is designed to be extremely stable and is not designed to move all that much.
- The upper back and torso are also designed to be very stable and not move that much.
Unfortunately, the movement pattern described above is often screwed up by poor posture, stress, and a bad diet. That is to say, the upper neck becomes fixated and the lower neck experiences excessive movement. This abnormal movement pattern opens the door to muscle tension, headaches, herniated discs, undue spinal wear-and-tear, and ultimately chronic pain. Recurrent neck pain, like any type of chronic pain, affects more than just your neck and may negatively influence your sleep, your ability to work, your recreational activities, your vision, your heart rate/blood pressure, and even your thoughts and feelings. People with the most severe neck pain are also more likely to have other problems that significantly affect their health.
At Spine and Wellness Cincinnati, we combine the best non-surgical treatment options available to give you optimal results. Here are some neck pain treatment options we use at Spine and Wellness Cincinnati, located Madeira, Ohio.
- Herbal Therapies, Supplements & Essential Oils
- Therapeutic Stretches and Exercises
- Medical Massage Therapy
- Class IV Cold Laser
Our neck pain patients come to us from Madeira, Indian Hill, Montgomery, Blue Ash, Hyde Park, Loveland, Terrace Park, Westchester/Liberty Township and Mason.
Non-surgical Spine Pain Expert, Dr. J. Adam Metzger works to help people overcome neck pain, back pain, and headaches as quickly as possible. Triple Board Certified in Chiropractic Medicine, Physiotherapy, and Acupuncture, Dr. Metzger is focused on accurate diagnosis, individualized treatment plans, and teaching patients how to best care for themselves and their family. For more information visit: https://spinewellnesscincinnati.com/
LET US HELP TO TREAT YOUR NECK PAIN
Do not ignore your neck pain, it can become worse overtime. It’s important to consult with the doctor and understand the root cause of neck pain.