Neck pain is very common. Most people will neck pain at some time during their lives. Quite often, it starts suddenly and gets better fairly quickly, without needing treatment.
However, in some instances, neck pain can be painful and debilitating, and some people find it comes back repeatedly.
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain can also be associated with other symptoms, such as pains in the arms or headaches. Neck pain may start following trauma, such as a car accident, or it may start gradually, perhaps as a result of poor posture or an uncomfortable work position.
Why do we get neck pain?
There are many reasons why people experience neck pain. It might be the way they sit or stand, or because their work or lifestyle creates stress on their neck. Worry or stress can cause tension in the neck and shoulders, and can delay recovery of existing neck pain. However, quite often there is often no obvious reason why neck pain develops.
Thankfully, although it can be very painful, neck pain rarely has a serious underlying cause.
Neck pain treatment at Aligned Healthcare
Before starting treatment, the chiropractors at Aligned Healthcare will undertake a full assessment. This will involve taking details about your condition, current health and medical history, and performing a physical examination. Sometimes it may be necessary to refer you for other tests, such as X-rays, MRI scans or blood tests. It is important for us to gather as much information about your neck pain as possible so that an accurate diagnosis can be made.
Before starting treatment, we will explain what is wrong, what can be done and what can be expected from chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic treatment for neck pain
In most cases we would use manual treatments such as spinal manipulation, where we use our hands to free stiff or restricted joints.
But we may also use other techniques such as acupuncture, electrotherapy, stretching exercises and rehabilitation, all of which form part of our recommended package of care. If appropriate, we may also offer lifestyle advice to help prevent repeated episodes of neck pain.
If your we do not think you can be helped by chiropractic treatment, you may be referred back to your GP or to another health professional. Chiropractors do not prescribe medication, so if this is needed, you may be referred back to your GP. As chiropractors we support a joined-up approach to care, so we may ask if we can send a brief report to your GP.