The first step to relieving neck pain is identifying the source of your symptoms. Our chiropractors offer complete diagnosis and treatment of neck pain in Henderson and Las Vegas, NV. Neck pain may signal a serious condition or infection so it's crucial to seek medical treatment if you're suffering from ongoing symptoms. Here are some of the most common causes of neck pain we treat in our Henderson office:
Traumatic events such as a fall, sports injury, or car accident can damage any of the structures in or surrounding the cervical spine (neck). The most common type of post-traumatic neck pain is whiplash injury caused by a hyperextension of the neck during rear-end collisions. This can damage the ligaments, muscles, discs, and facet joints within the spine, leading to inflammation, pain, and irritation of the spinal nerves.
Work-related neck pain can be placed into two categories: those patients who suffer from neck pain as a result of a specific injury, or those who develop it gradually as a result of everyday tasks. The latter is most common in office workers and students whose work requires them to use computers. Hours sitting with poor posture or repeatedly flexing your neck up or down to read a screen can strain the ligaments in your neck, leading to the development of trigger points.
The spine is separated by cushions called intervertebral discs. When one of these discs is ruptured or herniated, the soft inside of the disc protrudes outside of the tougher exterior. The bulging disc may place direct pressure on the surrounding spinal nerves or contribute to the narrowing of the spinal canal.
Nerve impingement is most commonly caused by herniated discs or osteophytes (bone overgrowths) which can compress or irritate the nerves in the cervical spine. Patients often experience additional symptoms of pins and needles sensations, tingling, numbness, and radiating pain running down their arm.
As the spine ages, the intervertebral discs begin to lose their water content and collapse, diminishing their ability to effectively cushion the vertebrae. This may make you more susceptible to osteoarthritis, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine).
Aging also leads to cartilage destruction which may force the joints to rub against one another, or lead to the development of boney overgrowths that pinch the spinal nerves.
Whatever the cause of your neck pain, our Henderson & Las Vegas chiropractors can provide careful diagnosis, and if we find your neck pain is related to a spinal disorder, we'll establish a customized treatment plan for efficient, lasting relief. Chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, and massage therapy are all proven methods of preventing and relieving neck pain. Contact our office in Henderson, NV to learn more.
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