Neck pain is a very common complaint for patients in our office. Nearly 20% of our patients say it is they primary reason they come to Stover Chiropractic. A close second to low back pain. It is not hard to understand why. The neck is quite susceptible to injury due to the way it is “put together.” Our heads are about 12 pounds which must be balanced on top of 7 cervical vertebrae. The problem is how flexible the neck is, which means it can move in many directions. Therein, is the weak link. It is fairly easy to injure it due to it’s ability to allow such free motion. Common activities and postures will affect neck biomechanics, such as, extended sitting, receptive movements, accidents, falls, blows to the head, sleep positions, watching TV in bed and so on. Then there is trauma. Car accidents are very likely to cause more than minor injuries even at low speed.
Once there is injury and dysfunction, due to spinal misalignments (called vertebral subluxations), degenerative changes set in from abnormal wear and tear over time. Osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, or stenosis may be diagnosed. Patients are usually left with two options. A life with pain meds, anti-inflammatory meds, and muscle relaxers or conservative care to try to improve function without masking symptoms. Chiropractic is the most popular option in the later group.
At Stover Chiropractic you will receive a complete consultation, exam and relevant x-rays if needed. Dr. Stover has an advanced rating in Orthospinology, which is a highly specific and effective for of upper cervical chiropractic care. The goal is to see if the person with neck pain can be helped by chiropractic or not. The testing will help to evaluate the neck joints, discs, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and alignment of the bones. By wrapping up these loose ends we will know if we can or can’t help.
If it looks like chiropractic can help, please know it is very safe and effective. One of the most recent reviews of scientific literature found evidence that patients with chronic neck pain enrolled in clinical trials reported significant improvement following chiropractic spinal manipulation. As part of the literature review, published in the March/April 2007 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the researchers reviewed nine previously published trials and found “high-quality evidence” that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal manipulation. No trial group was reported as having remained unchanged, and all groups showed positive changes up to 12 weeks post-treatment.
Please let us know if we can help you with an effective, non-drug based, approach to help you heal and get relief from neck pain.