You wake up and you can’t turn your head. Or your neck feels tense and stiff all day long. If you’re among the 1 in 3 Americans experiencing neck pain at least once a year, Chad Mathey, DC, an expert chiropractor at Crown Medical Center Chiropractic in Huntsville, offers relief. His supportive therapies realign your cervical spine (neck) to restore mobility and comfort. Call Crown Medical Center today or set up an appointment online.
Neck Pain Q & A
Why does my neck hurt?
Your cervical spine is the thinnest part of your spine. The cervical spine is responsible for moving your head from side to side and up and down. Located in your neck, your cervical spine is surrounded and supported by an array of important anatomical structures, including tendons, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves — any one of which could be responsible for your neck pain.
In addition, if your shoulder muscles or back muscles are tight, painful, or stiff, they can negatively affect the way you hold your neck. You’re more likely to have neck pain if you have certain risk factors, including:
- Older age
- Being female
- History of neck injury
- Low back pain
- Poor health
- Living in stressful conditions
- Giving birth more than three times
When you consult with Dr. Mathey for neck pain, he first conducts a thorough examination to determine the cause of your discomfort.
What happens when I go to a chiropractor for neck pain?
During his examination, Dr. Mathey looks for all of the possible factors that could be contributing to your neck pain. He palpates your spine, and may order X-rays or other types of imaging studies to find evidence of some common causes of neck pain, including:
- Weak core muscles
- Tense jaw or shoulder muscles
- Slipped or deteriorated vertebral discs
- Sprained or strained muscles, ligaments, and tendons
- Impinged nerves
- Bone spurs (tiny, bony growths) on spine
- Scoliosis or other skeletal abnormalities
Neck pain is often caused by more than one factor. You may have suffered an injury in the past, such as whiplash, which traumatized more than one type of structure in your neck and surrounding areas.
How does a chiropractor treat my neck pain?
After Dr. Mathey identifies the possible sources for your neck pain, he devises supportive and corrective therapies to alleviate your pain and restore mobility. Chiropractic medicine is a holistic approach to health that aims to help your body heal itself. Possible treatments include, but are not limited to:
- Spinal decompression
- Spinal manipulations
- Massage therapies
- Physical therapy
- Nutritional support
Neck pain doesn’t have to be a part of your life anymore. Contact Dr. Mathey at Crown Medical Center by calling the friendly staff for an appointment or booking one online.