The cervical spine (neck) is vulnerable to a number of injuries and conditions due to its unique positioning, function and anatomy. The neck is relatively thin on muscles, pretty flexible compared to the rest of the spine, and gets one of the hardest jobs; namely holding up your 10 to 12 pound head. Modern work demands and lifestyle choices have greatly increased the prevalence of neck pain in the general population. Approximately two thirds of Americans will be treated for neck pain in their lifetimes, and in any given year somewhere between 10 and 25% of people will experience neck pain. This tells us that neck pain is pervasive and episodic. This has led many of us to believe that neck pain is just something that you have to live with. This logic is not only misguided but potentially dangerous leading to continued advancement of degenerative conditions like Osteoarthritis and chronic pain syndrome.
First, keep in mind that permanent damage and chronic neck pain are usually completely avoidable. The pain you are feeling is an alarm system that your body is using to try to get your attention. Listening to it and trying to correct the problem before real damage is done is always the best strategy. Neck pain and neck related disorders are one of the most common conditions that we see in our office. Once the nature of the injury is determined, there are a host of different treatments that can be used. These treatments often include chiropractic manipulation, Active Release Technique or Graston Technique, physical therapy modalities, and rehabilitation programs. Our doctors specialize in conservative manual treatments that help to restore proper function and resolve your pain.
Injuries to the neck caused by the sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, are referred to as “Whiplash”.
The most common source of whiplash is from riding in a car that is struck from behind or that collides with another object. The injury occurs when the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits. This causes overstretching or tearing of the supportive muscles and ligaments of the spine. The soft discs between the spinal bones can bulge, tear, or rupture resulting in long-term pain and/or disability. The spinal joints become swollen and tightened, resulting in reduced range of motion and pain. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear for weeks or even months later.
Our approach to these injuries is quite successful. We utilize chiropractic manipulation, physical therapies, massage, and Active Release Technique.
Automobile Accidents are commonly covered under Automobile Insurance from the party at fault or even your own Insurance. Please call our office immediately to find out more information on our treatment approach as well as your insurance options.