There are a number of symptoms one can experience when suffering from neck pain. Pain is the most obvious symptom and sometimes the most debilitating. Muscle spasms, loss of range of motion, numbness and tingling can also fall under the umbrella of low back pain.
Headaches are commonly coupled when it comes to neck pain. There are a number of reasons why someone can experience headaches or migraines in addition to neck pain. Whether the cause is rooted from hard (ex. bone) structures or soft (ex. muscle) structures, it is important to diagnose and treat the problem before it becomes chronic and interferes with daily activities.
Muscle spasms are not usually the root cause of neck pain but definitely contribute to increased pain and decreased function in the neck. Most of the time, muscle spasms are a result of another underlying problem. It is imperative you listen to your body and get checked when dealing with neck pain and muscle tightness.
Loss of Range of Motion
Range of motion is usually decreased as a result an underlying problem in the neck. Pain, muscle tightness, arthritis, and/or disc herniations are all possible issues that can present in the neck reducing range of motion–and ultimately, function.
Why Should I Care About My Neck Pain?
Pain is an indication that our body’s are struggling to meet the demands of everyday life. Daily stressors and traumatic or repetitive injury can all contribute to neck pain. When you ignore your body’s attempt at communicating with you, you are setting up your body for further damage and chronic problems. It is highly recommended that once you notice symptoms of neck pain, that you seek professional help. Our Doctors are experts in their fields and can help you manage and treat your neck pain and symptoms.
Prompt treatment for neck pain is crucial for great prognosis. Neck pain could stem from a variety of sources and the diagnosis and treatment is important so that it does not become chronic and cause more problems.
Many patients suffer with disc herniations without relief for months or even years. Disc herniations usually don’t improve without proper treatment.
Spinal decompression works by reducing pressure within the disc allowing your herniation or herniations to heal. This is best when combined with spinal manipulation.
Surgery is the last resort for disc herniation sufferers. Only a small percentage of the population needs to undergo surgery. The purpose of surgery is to save the pinched nerve from permanent damage or relieve unrelenting severe pain.
Spinal manipulation/manual Medicine
Spinal manipulation can help with small to medium disc herniations by improving the spinal biomechanics and giving the disc a chance to begin healing.
Injections primarily treat the symptoms or nerve pain related to disc herniations. Injections can be combined with other conservative treatments such as manipulation and decompression.