Neck Pain and its Treatment
It’s not uncommon to hear about someone who has been dealing with a “stiff” neck. Maybe you too have unfortunately been suffering from soreness or pain in your neck. So, what do you do if your neck hurts and you want the pain to go away? There are many residents that seek neck pain treatment in Canton OH.
Fortunately, Dr Brent Ungar, a chiropractor in Canton OH, has helped residents of our community for over 28 years. Many patients have sought care for neck pain and have had the fortunate benefit of receiving relief.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Neck pain can range from soreness or stiffness in your neck to disabling pain. It can affect your day or, in some cases, can affect your entire life.
But, what causes the problems that you can encounter in your neck? To understand this, you first must understand the structure and anatomy of the neck.
The neck is made up of many structures including bones, muscles and nerves. The neck has seven vertebrae (bones) that protect the spinal cord. These vertebrae are separated from one another by intervertebral discs (shock absorbing pads). Nerves come off of the spinal cord in the neck and extend through the many muscles of the neck and into the arms and hands.
The importance of all of these structures working together is very important. Any changes in the harmony of the necks functions and movements can begin the dysfunction process.
Cervical Joint Dysfunction
In many cases of neck pain, the joints of the neck become misaligned through stress, overuse or injury to these area. The misalignment can cause pressure on the nerves, leading to reduced range of motion in the neck, pain and possible radiating symptoms into the shoulders, arms or hands.
Intervertebral Disc Problems
Another reason for neck pain is problems with the intervertebral discs that sit between the bones of the neck. If these discs are injured, they can tear causing their jelly-like centers to push out, applying pressure to the nerve. This can cause pain in the neck area, radiating pain or numbness and even weakness into the arms or hands.
Neck Muscle Tightness or Spasm
Sometimes the many muscles in your neck can tighten or inflame and cause pain or stiffness in your neck. Your neck just doesn’t move normally and it often hurts with movement. This can be the result of the muscles tightening for various reasons.
Muscle spasms can be the result of injury or can be a sign that the body is trying to protect other structures of the neck to avoid further injury.
How We Treat Neck Pain
We have treated thousands of patients with neck pain and related problems. If you, or someone you love, suffers from neck pain, we would begin with a discussion with Dr. Ungar.
Our typical process involves:
- Obtaining a thorough history of the problem and health history of the patient
- Performing a complete examination of the patient
- Obtaining any diagnostic tests (if necessary) to better understand the problem
- Discussing the diagnosis with you
- Reviewing the findings and treatment options with you
If we feel that we can help your problem and you decide to begin with a treatment plan, we will work with you to help resolve your problem.
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