Rehabilitation and Treatment for Neck Pain
Neck pain is one of the most common symptoms experienced by most people. It is most frequently brought on by old or new injuries; however, sometimes the origin is difficult to identify. Chiropractic is very effective in the diagnosis and treatment of over 95% of most neck pain. Proper diagnosis and identification of the source pain are the most important steps to assess the best treatment for you to lead you to a quick and complete recovery.
Carlsbad chiropractor Dr. Larry Dahl is highly qualified to examine and treat your neck pain ailments. He takes the time to observe your posture, range of motion, and physical condition, noting movement that causes pain. He will also feel the area of your neck that is in pain, noting curvature and alignment, and feel for muscle spasm.
Your neck contains muscles, tendons, ligaments as well as a portion of your spine also known as the cervical spine. The neck begins at the base of the skull and is comprised by seven small vertebrae. The neck’s main function is to support your head (which can weigh up to 16 pounds), as well as giving it full mobility. The neck should be able to move in flex, extend, rotate and bend laterally (ear to shoulder). This flexibility makes the neck subject to pain and injury. Neck pain can result from a variety of causes, ranging from overuse injuries and whiplash to diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, disc pain and inflammation, infection and meningitis.
Spinal manipulation increases the neck’s range of motion in patients with intervertebral, asymptomatic cervical motion restriction, which indicates that spinal manipulation is a very effective therapy for cervical degeneration.
Chiropractic care is one of the most effective treatments for all types of neck pain. Dr. Dahl is experienced in treating a wide range of neck injuries and conditions, and can help relieve your pain today.
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How Whiplash Causes Neck Pain
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in automobile accidents. It occurs during the impact of your accident when your head is dramatically thrust forward and backward past your neck’s normal range of motion. Whiplash affects the muscles and tissues in your back and neck. You may feel stiffness, back pain and neck pain immediately; however, it is estimated that most whiplash injuries are not felt for several hours, days, and in some cases even months or years following the accident. It is crucial to treat whiplash immediately even if you are not yet experiencing neck or back pain.