The most common cause is mechanical neck pain- meaning a strain injury of the facet joints, muscles and ligaments, especially from poor posture, injury such as whiplash and even psychological stress.
Problems in the neck can affect other parts of your body, such as your head (headaches, nausea, vertigo), upper back, shoulders or arms and hands. It is very important to get a proper evaluation to rule out more serious causes of pain, such as fracture or cancer.
Symptoms of neck pain can include:
How can a chiropractor help?
People may commonly try pain medications such as paracetamol, aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs. If there is evidence of nerve root irritation causing pain, your medical doctor may perform an epidural steroid injection. However, none of the aforementioned treatments will address the underlying cause of the problem such as, poor spine alignment and restricted joints.
Chiropractic adjustments are a precise and safe treatment with the goal of restoring the impaired mechanics of the spinal joints and improving the alignment of the spine. This aims to prevent further deterioration and the possible need for surgery.