Neck pain is very common. The neck supports your head, which can weigh 10 pounds or more! In addition to supporting your head, your neck should move freely in 3 planes of motion. Injuries and imbalances can cause cervical vertebrae to move out of their correct position.
Tendons, ligaments and muscles can become inflamed and worn out. The discs separating the cervical vertebrae can bulge or herniate and the nerves can be damaged or irritated from the misalignment.
Problems of the neck if left untreated can lead to pain symptoms experienced in the face, shoulder, arm, wrist and hand as well as decreased motion.
Standard medical treatments for your neck pain can include muscle relaxants, painkillers and anti-inflammatories. Medications mask the pain, but they do not address the underlying cause. In many cases, chiropractic treatment can help ease pressure on the nerves and prevent the need for surgery. In most cases surgery should be considered only when conservative treatments fail.
The chiropractic approach to neck pain is to find the source of the pain and work to correct it. By correcting the source of the problem your body is able to heal itself naturally. Neck pain often responds dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function with chiropractic care.