Neck Pain Diagnosis and Treatment at Nystrom Chiropractic Group, Our San Rafael CA Chiropractor
At Nystrom Chiropractic Group, many of our patients come in to speak to us after suffering from neck pain. Whether it is acute pain or a chronic ache, it needs treatment. Our chiropractor in San Rafael CA will work with you to determine the proper type of treatment after diagnosing your condition. This customized treatment plan will involve holistic, non-invasive options to restore function to your neck.
Types of Neck Pain
Neck pain is any type of uncomfortable feeling in the neck including the upper shoulders. This area is made up of vertebrae, small bones that link together to protect the passageway of the spinal cord to the brain. In between the bones are cervical discs. These work to absorb the shock as you move your head and twist the neck. However, inflammation, injury, or even disease can occur that limits this type of movement, causing neck pain. It may be an intense, sharp pain, a dull ache, or something different.
Common Causes of Neck Pain
A variety of situations can cause neck pain to occur. Some of them include the following:
- Muscle strain and tension - If you have a muscle-related pain, this may be due to poor posture, sleeping poorly, or jerking the head during exercise.
- Injury to the neck - An injury to the neck, such as a back-and-forth movement, can cause whiplash. You may overstretch or damage the muscles, ligaments, or tendons in this area by pushing and pulling them out of their normal range.
- Degeneration - Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and spinal stenosis are all conditions that can occur as a result of the cervical discs and vertebrae breaking down. This causes pain and limited movement.
Neck pain can also be related to fibromyalgia, herniated cervical discs, infections, heart attacks, and cancer.
How a Neck Pain Chiropractor Can Help You
Visiting our neck pain chiropractor is an essential step in overcoming your pain. Our first step is to provide you with a thorough exam to determine what the underlying cause of your pain is. This may include x-rays. We will then make recommendations for treatment. This may include massage therapy and rehabilitation. Many people benefit from chiropractic neck adjustment techniques. Our treatments are always noninvasive and holistic. Treating with pain medications simply masks the symptoms without treating the underlying cause of your pain.
What are chiropractic neck adjustment techniques for neck pain? Chiropractic adjustments involve non-painful, but forceful pressure applied to specific areas of the spinal column. By doing this, we reduce the pressure on the nerves and cervical discs, improving blood flow to the area and stimulating healing. We have a number of treatments that can be applied to this area. We may suggest treatments such as the following:
- Cervical manual traction
- Cervical mobilization
- Drop techniques
Each patient will need a customized treatment plan to address the underlying cause of your pain.
Schedule a Consultation with a Chiropractor for Neck Pain and Headaches
Visit our San Rafael CA office for an appointment. Our chiropractor for neck pain and headaches is available to discuss your specific needs with you. Contact Nystrom Chiropractic Group for an appointment at 415-459-1218.