Neck pain has become so common that it is considered to be a completely normal part of modern-day life. Yet no pain—even neck pain—is normal.
Whether the issue lies in the soft tissues or the joints, neck pain can cause severe and far-reaching discomfort that affects your quality of life.
The bones that make up your neck are known as the cervical spine, consisting of seven vertebrae known as C1-C7. Between each of these are discs that act as shock absorbers and allow the vertebrae to glide smoothly.
Unlike the rest of the spine, your neck is incredibly mobile, making it possible for you to turn, twist, and tilt your head into many different directions. And while this range of motion is incredibly useful, it also makes your neck more vulnerable to injury.
What’s Causing Your Neck Pain?
It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact location of your neck pain, because there are so many things that could be to blame.
In addition to your neck muscles, your neck is made up of tendons, ligaments, nerves, vertebrae, discs, and a network of blood vessels—all of which affect each other.
For example, if one of your vertebral discs is ruptured or bulges outward (known as herniation), this can put pressure on the surrounding nerves and soft tissue. A compressed, or pinched, nerve may even send pain signals to other areas of your body, such as your head, arms, wrists, or hands. In fact, tension headaches (one of the most common types of headache) originate from tight muscles in the neck.
While neck pain can be caused by sudden injury, it can also arise from poor posture. With the growing popularity of cell phones and other mobile devices, chiropractors are starting to see an increase in neck pain as well.
Neck Pain After Car Accident
As it turns out, one of the most common car accident injuries involves the neck—whiplash.
During a collision, the human body experiences massive changes in speed and direction. Because of the higher range of motion in the neck, it is much easier for sudden, forced movement to cause the telltale sprains and strains known as whiplash.
This same movement may also cause herniated discs, fractures, and more.
The pain of whiplash, herniated discs, and other neck injuries often takes a while to rear its ugly head. After a car accident, it is very common to feel fine for up to a week before you begin to feel any neck pain at all.
Because of this, it is recommended that you seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident, even if you don’t believe you have been injured.
Chiropractor For Neck Pain
Commonly, people seek neck pain relief through medication, physical therapy, or—in more severe cases—surgery. But research has shown that chiropractic care can be equally effective.
Realigning the neck vertebrae takes pressure off of the surrounding soft tissues, allowing your body to heal itself naturally, without interference.
Furthermore, chiropractic treatment doesn’t rely on medications or surgery, so patients have little to no side effects.
While chiropractic adjustments are the main part of most treatment plans, chiropractic care is holistic in nature and involves a wide variety of methods. Depending on your injury and condition, you may receive benefits from medical massage, cupping, assisted stretching, and more.
Lasting Neck Pain Relief
No matter how long you have been coping with and ignoring your neck pain, chiropractic treatment can help.
At Oviedo Chiropractic, our doctors are well-versed in treating neck pain at its source. Whether your pain started after a car accident or while playing sports, we will develop a treatment plan designed specifically for you.
Schedule an appointment today to get back on the road to wellness.