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.
Common head positions that cause neck pain and stiffness
- Sleeping with a poor pillow or bad positioning of your head
- Watching TV for hours
- Sitting in front of your computer for long periods of time
- Reading a book
- Talking on the phone
- A long trip – airplane, car, train
- A strange bed – hotel, camping, etc…
Dr. Dahl has the training and skills to relieve your neck pain, overcome your stiff neck, and restore the mobility and range of motion of any neck vertebrae that may be frozen.