Neck pain can happen for a variety of reasons, including:
Spinal Stenosis. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing where the nerves pass through the vertebrae and can place pressure on the nerves or compress them. Patients often complain of shoulder, arm, and neck pain as well as experience numbness and tingling into their arms.
Degenerative Disc Disease. Degenerative Disc Disease is a breakdown of the overall height of the disc as part of the aging process. This can cause pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots which can result in numbness and tingling to the arms.
Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a common joint disorder that can be caused by obesity, injury, or aging. Osteoarthritis causes joint pain and stiffness in the joint it affects.
Whiplash. Whiplash is a condition commonly caused by car accidents and sports injuries. Also known as neck strain, symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiff neck, dizziness, inability to sleep, irritability, memory problems, tenderness in the injured areas and limited mobility.
Text neck. Text neck is a newly identified condition that can cause neck stiffness and pain. Text neck occurs primarily due to poor posture from looking down at hand-held devices. In addition to causing neck pain, text neck can cause headaches.
Poor posture. Poor posture is a common problem among adults and can contribute to a variety of back problems, including neck pain.
At Stewart Chiropractic, we treat neck pain with a variety of natural, non-invasive methods including applying electrodes for low back pain.
Spinal manipulation is the art of realigning the vertebrae and restoring normal range of motion. Spinal manipulation is generally done by hand through gentle adjustments administered at key locations along the spine. Spinal manipulation helps improve communication between the brain and the rest of the body and reduces pressure on the joints in the back. In some cases, spinal manipulation can have an immediate effect on neck pain.
Muscle Stimulation. Muscle stimulation utilizes electrical impulses to elicit a muscle contraction. This is achieved by applying electrodes to the affected area. Muscle stimulation can help decrease muscle spasm, prevent muscle disuse atrophy, increase local blood circulation and increase range of motion.
Therapeutic stretches and exercises. Performing therapeutic stretches and exercises helps patients strengthen their muscles and improve their range of motion. Performing stretches and exercises on a regular basis can help patients heal more quickly.
Lifestyle advice. Chiropractors teach patients how to avoid neck injuries in the future, and how to speed the healing process by making smart choices in daily life. Lifestyle advice also helps patients improve their own quality of life.
Below are some of the most common causes and types of back pain
Lower back pain. Lower back pain is often the result of overuse and strain that occurs throughout the day. Many patients with lower back pain have problems with herniated disks, while others struggle with poor posture, bad work habits, old injuries and more.
Whiplash. Whiplash is a type of condition that people frequently experience when they’re involved in car accidents. Whiplash is also known as neck strain, and is a type of injury that can cause a wide range of symptoms including headache, muscle ache, tenderness, muscle stiffness, limited range of motion, insomnia, irritability and more.
Shoulder and neck pain. Shoulder and neck pain is a common problem because of condition known as “text neck.” Text neck occurs when patients spend a lot of time every day looking down at hand held devices.
Sciatica. Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched in the lower lumbar region of the spine. Sciatica is characterized by pain that radiates up the back and down the legs from a central point in the lower portion of the back.
At Stewart Chiropractic in Lodi, we prescribe treatments designed to provide immediate relief for our patients.
Changing sleep behaviors. Some back injuries are exacerbated by our patient’s sleeping habits. To help our patients feel better during the day, Dr. Stewart will recommend that they sleep differently at night. For example, for patients suffering from sciatica, we recommend that our patients sleep on their side with a pillow between their knees. For patients with lower back pain, we recommend getting extra sleep to alleviate problems stemming from back muscle overuse.
Spinal adjustments. Spinal adjustments help eliminate misalignments, which provides pain relief to our patients. Spinal adjustments are administered along different areas of the spine depending on where the injury in the back originates.
Flexion Distraction Technique. Flexion Distraction is a technique that utilizes a specific type of table designed to decompress the spine. This is accomplished by applying a gentle stretch to the lower spine. Flexion Distraction aids in decreased pressure on the spinal nerves, decreased pressure on the disc, increased space in the spinal canal and increased range of motion in the spinal joints.
Stretches and exercises. Back injuries can cause the muscles to become tight and painful. Dr. Stewart will prescribe stretches and exercises to loosen our patient’s muscles and make them more flexible. Stretches and exercises can help with almost all types of back injuries.
Nutritional counseling. As soon as patients come to our office, we start counseling them on how they can change their eating habits. Eating right gives our patients what they need to heal properly and feel better.