St. Louis Neck Pain Chiropractor
Most everyone will experience suffering from neck pain at least one one time in their life and many people suffer from it continuously. Most of the time neck pain will come and go on its own with just some minor treatments but for those that it doesn’t it can be very bothersome, frustrating and even be debilitating. It is the latter that often seek the help of chiropractor’s neurologists and other health professionals in order to get some relief from their neck pain.
The neck is one of the most sensitive and easy to injure parts of the body. It is subject to a lot of movement and stresses and only has a few bones, ligaments and muscles in which to support it. The cervical spine (as the neck is also referred to) is made up of several vertebrae and other soft tissues too. There are also many nerves that pass through the neck area as they travel into the head and to other areas of your body too. Any undue stress, strain or force that is put on the neck can result in soft tissue damage and lead to neck pain and stiffness.
Simple things such as poor posture, everyday wear and tear and overuse can result in problems that bring on neck pain. More severe neck problems are caused by sports injuries, trauma and accidents. If you have suffered a condition that leads to neck pain that lasts for more than a few days it is always advisable to seek medical attention. For cases where the pain is severe and accompanied by such other symptoms as weakness in the arms and dizziness it is advisable to seek immediate medical treatment.
What causes neck pain?
There are many reasons as to why you may be experiencing neck pain. Examples of these include:
- Muscle Tension and Strains
- Diseases and Other Ailments
- Herniated cervical disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Heart attack – seek medical attention immediately if your neck pain is accompanied by:
- shortness of breath
- profuse sweating
- vomiting and/or nausea
- arm or jaw pain
Helpful Treatments for Minor Neck Pain
Here are some things you can try at home to alleviate neck pain:
- Ice and heat therapy
- Take over the counter pain relievers
- Rest and cease physical activity that affects the neck
- Light stretching and exercises for your neck
- Correct bad posture
- Use specially designed neck pillows at night
When you should Seek Medical Attention for Neck Pain
If your neck pain starts to get progressively worse or is accompanied by the following then make an appointment to be seen by a medical professional:
- severe neck pain that comes on strong for no apparent reason
- you feel a lump in your neck or have swollen glands
- vomiting and nausea
- trouble breathing or trouble swallowing
- weakness, numbness or tingling
- pain that radiates goes down into your arms or legs
- bladder or bowel dysfunction
Professional Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain
Your doctor of chiropractic will start by going over your neck pain history with you and giving you a physical exam. They may also order some tests to confirm their diagnoses or to further help them pinpoint your neck problem.
Here are some of the tests that may help them further understand where your neck pain is originating from:
- blood tests
- electromyography (EMG)
- Spinal tap
- magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- computed tomography scan (CT Scan)
Depending on the results of your tests they may even refer you to a neck pain specialist such as a neurologist.
Many times your doctor will also refer you to other forms of alternative therapy such as those offered by chiropractors and physical therapists. Many people have experienced great success using these types of alternative treatments.