If you’re seeking neck pain relief near Charlotte, NC, you’re not alone. Neck pain is one of the most common reasons why patients visit Active Life Chiropractic. Neck pain is prevalent because the neck (or, “cervical spine”) not only supports the full weight of the human head (which weighs 12 pounds on average), but is also responsible for turning the head in myriad directions.
Neck pain has several causes, including:
Poor personal health
People who are overweight are particularly susceptible to chronic neck pain. The extra weight compromises spinal balance, causing the neck to bend forward in compensation. Poor posture is another big contributor to chronic neck pain, and if left untreated can also affect the arms and upper back. And of course, stress can adversely affect neck health through the tightening of your muscles, causing pain and stiffness.
The body’s natural aging facilitates degenerative disorders like osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease, both of which affect the neck and spine. Osteoarthritis, resulting from cartilage deterioration, is a common joint disorder in the neck. To compensate for the lack of cartilage, the body forms bone spurs that limit the neck’s range of motion.
Whiplash is by far the most common neck-related problem caused by an injury or accident. The head jerks forward and then “rebounds” in the opposite direction just as fast, putting tremendous stress on the neck’s muscles and tissues.
Our Treatment Approach
Regardless of your neck pain’s origin, Active Life Chiropractic in Charlotte, NC is well prepared to alleviate your symptoms with professional personalized treatment. Here’s a snapshot of our approach:
We’ll conduct preliminary exams to locate the source of your neck pain, concurrent with questions concerning your symptoms and injury history: how long have you experienced pain, does anything make the pain better/worse, etc. The preliminary exams include tests for range of motion, posture, muscle spasms, reflexes, and pain spread.
As “conservative care” doctors, surgery and drug prescription are beyond our scope. However, we do utilize nerve scans and x-rays to facilitate our diagnosis and support our treatment recommendation. Depending on the nature and severity of your symptoms, we’ll administer one or both of these analyses. If we discover that you have a fracture, break, or other organic malady, we’ll refer you to the appropriate specialist.
Prior to commencing treatment, we’ll share our diagnosis with you, discuss treatment options, and talk candidly about time-frame and expectations. We’ll also get your insurance and payment options squared away.
Treatment is centered on a neck adjustment (or “cervical manipulation”), which targets your neck joints. Usually administered by hand, the goal of a neck adjustment is to improve/restore range of motion and mobility while reducing stiffness, soreness, and pain. If other treatments are necessary, i.e. exercises, massage, or mobilization, we’ll discuss this with you.
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Active Life Chiropractic, a trusted chiropractor serving Charlotte, NC, possesses the knowledge and expertise to treat neck pain, shoulder pain, and numerous other ailments. Contact us today to make an appointment.