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Neck Pain

Neck pain or a stiff neck is a very common condition, often brought on by sitting in a draught or bad posture when lying in bed.  This type of tension can result in a slight sprain of the joints in your spine at the back of the neck.  In most cases it will ease after two or three days and should be significantly better after a week.  In some cases the sprain can result in an irritation of the nerves in the top part of the spine.  This can lead to pain, tingling or numbness in the arms and hands.  It is recommended that neck pain is managed through painkillers and maintaining mobility.  A few gentle stretching exercises will often help to loosen the joints and restore some movement to the effected area.

Conditions which may cause neck pain

In addition to simple sprains there are a number of conditions which result in neck pain.  Whiplash, an injury commonly associated with car crashes, is caused by the rapid movement sideways, forward or backwards as a result of an impact.  This can lead to tenderness and swelling in the neck with pain developing a day or two after the injury.   Another condition which may result in neck pain is a form of arthritis known as cervical spondylosis.  In this condition the bones and joints in the neck have suffered some degeneration with age and as a result of the bone changes the nerves in the upper spine become irritated or compressed.  Both conditions can lead to ongoing neck pain which requires management through painkillers and exercise.

Chiropractic care of neck pain

Chiropractic care can assist those suffering from neck pain by manipulating the spine to release pressure on nerves and to increase movement in the joints.  A chiropractor will examine the whole back to assess if there are compensatory problems associated with the neck pain the patient is experiencing.  The areas causing pain and any other potentially misaligned sections of the spine will be manually examined.  A full medical history will be taken and questions regarding the patient’s lifestyle to establish the best way to proceed with treatment.

According to an article published in the New York Times

Seeing a chiropractor or engaging in light exercise relieves neck pain more effectively than relying on pain medication, new research shows.

The new study is one of the few head-to-head comparisons of various treatments for neck pain, a problem that affects three quarters of Americans at some point in their lives but has no proven, first-line treatment. While many people seek out spinal manipulation by chiropractors, the evidence supporting its usefulness has been limited at best.

But the new research, published in The Annals of Internal Medicine, found that chiropractic care or simple exercises done at home were better at reducing pain than taking medications like aspirin, ibuprofen or narcotics.


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