Your neck is the most vulnerable part of your spine. Not only does it support your 10- to 12-pound head, maintain a gentle forward curve, and permit head rotation, but it must also allow the free flow of nerve impulses to the head, face, hands, and the rest of your body. Besides discomfort and annoyance, chronic neck pain is a sign that something is wrong.
Most everyday things can cause neck pain & injury. The temporary pain that results can resolve on its own, especially when the offending activity is discontinued. When it doesn’t, a more serious underlying problem may be indicated.
The most common cause of neck pain is functional distortions in the spine resulting from vertebral subluxations. These subluxations are seen in cases of reverse cervical curve, whiplash, and joint instability. The body responds by tightening muscles in the neck, “splinting” the joint to protect it from further insult. If your vertebrae become locked or fixated, neck pain can result. Chiropractic care can help restore proper joint motion.
A more difficult problem to correct is the degenerative changes that result from neglect. Years of uncorrected spinal problems can cause bone spurs, disc thinning, and other forms of spinal decay. These types of problems respond more slowly, and some type of on-going supportive chiropractic care may be necessary.
If you’re suffering from neck pain and need a chiropractor near the Elizabeth, Mckeesport, & Clairton PA areas and you want natural relief and treatment, don’t wait, schedule your appointment today! 412-673-0990
How long will I need chiropractic care?
Treatment times vary based upon 3 factors: age, overall health, & the severity of your problem to begin with. Most problems require a few visits to treat. It takes time for the muscles, ligaments, & soft tissue around the joints being adjusted to adapt to their repositioning. Just like when people have teeth that need repositioned, it takes awhile for the braces to move them back in place for the same reason. Some patients see quick improvement and then immediately discontinue their care. They often suffer a relapse since muscles and soft tissues have not had time to fully heal. Others discover that degenerative changes to their spines make periodic checkups a worthwhile investment. We’ll make recommendations, but how long you benefit from chiropractic care is up to you.