Over 70% of Americans will experience neck pain at some point in their lives. Many will develop chronic neck pain, which is neck pain that persists for over 90 days. The primary risk factor for developing chronic neck pain, is previous neck pain. This is why it's so important to get the right kind of treatment at the onset of neck pain.
Chronic neck pain can have many causes. Here are a few:
A Bulging or Herniated Disc in the Neck: This can cause pressure on the nerve leading to what we call a "Pinched Nerve". Some patients experience pain down the arm and into the hand.
Spinal Stenosis: This is a narrowing of the spinal canal from spinal degeneration. Often times the patient will notice that certain positions or activities cause neck, shoulder, or arm pain.
Degenerative Disc Disease: Often times the neck pain will come on gradually, and get worse over time. Certain events may trigger pain, such as activities that are out of a patients normal baseline. Even stress can trigger pain.
Osteoarthritis in the Neck Joints: Arthritis in the neck joints can cause pain that is worse in the morning and better in the afternoon or as the day progresses. Exercises often help.
Vertebral Subluxation: This is what chiropractors call a vertebrae that has lost it's normal relationship with the one above and the one below and is not functioning properly. This can lead to pain and dysfunction and all of the above.
There are other causes of neck pain...and there are many triggers, such as poor posture at work, bad sleeping habits, sports injuries, too much stress, too much computer use, iPad, cell phone, etc. Traveling is also hard on the neck. Heck, working in your yard, playing with your kids, painting, working on your car, in your garden, or doing anything you do don't normally do...can all set the stage for neck pain, that can eventually become chronic.
So what's the solution...What is the best treatment for chronic neck pain?
According to recent research (see news story about chiropractic for neck pain ), the best treatment for neck pain is chiropractic and low tech exercises. This is exactly what we do at our San Francisco Chiropractic Clinic...and frankly, it's what the best chiropractors do.
We prefer to do the exercises at the clinic at the time of the chiropractic adjustment, and at the same time provide the patient with neck exercises and stretches they can do at home and at work.
We also incorporate soft tissue methods such Active Release Techniques (ART) and Graston Technique to break up scar tissue, muscle spasms, and adhesion's. This in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments and low tech exercises is very powerful.
We are also concerned with educating our patients on proper ergonomics, sleeping position and use of a cervical pillow. It is also important to learn about things like micro-breaks, which are brief resting periods when working...this is a good time to stretch. Proper hydration is important too...this keeps the joints lubricated. Supplementation can help as well. Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil can help reduce inflammation in the joints, as can a diet loaded with fruits and vegetables. Everything matters.
If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for neck pain treatment in San Francisco , call 415-392-2225. Mention this article for a complimentary consultation.
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