Did you know that about 30% of American adults regularly experience neck pain? Though common, neck pain can interfere with your ability to work or drive comfortably and make it nearly impossible to exercise. At Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness, with four offices in the Greater Memphis, Tennessee, area, the caring team provides holistic, integrative treatments that can ease neck pain and improve your quality of life. To schedule your appointment, call the nearest office or book online today.
Neck pain refers to any swelling, irritation, or general discomfort that affects your cervical spine — the seven vertebrae that sit directly above your shoulders and support your head.
Neck pain occurs for a variety of reasons, but common culprits include sports injuries, automobile accidents, poor posture, and chronic ailments like osteoarthritis. If you’ve tried various conservative treatments to manage your neck pain and it doesn’t respond or gets worse, seek professional medical help as soon as possible.
Neck pain varies depending on its severity and underlying cause, but telltale signs include:
As your neck pain gets worse, you might also find it difficult to turn your head from side to side or to look up or down.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent neck pain entirely. That said, you can do things to lower your risk. The caring team at Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness recommends:
You can also lower your risk of neck pain by avoiding heavy bags or purses that use only one strap. Over time, the weight of these items can strain the muscles and ligaments in your neck.
To diagnose neck pain, your Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness provider asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing and physically examines your neck and shoulders. They might also ask you to stand up or walk around the exam room to observe your gait and posture. Your provider also asks you to turn your head from side to side and to look up and down.
If necessary, your provider might also recommend X-rays or an MRI to gain further insight.
Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness uses holistic, integrative treatments to treat and relieve neck pain. If you have mild symptoms, you might benefit from lifestyle changes like losing weight, eating a balanced diet, exercising more regularly, or sleeping on a supportive pillow.
If your neck pain is severe or interferes with your daily life, your provider might recommend spinal adjustments, dry needling, physiotherapy, or massage therapy.
To schedule your neck pain appointment at Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness, call or book online today.