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Posted on 07-17-2017

Frequently Asked Questions About Neck Pain Treatment

Neck pain is one of those nagging symptoms that is simply impossible to tune out. When your neck is stiff and painful, you may be unable even to turn your head, which can make everyday tasks such as driving or doing your job all but impossible. If you're unable to work, mind the house or even sleep through the night, you're probably engaged in a desperate search for the answers to your pain -- and Symmetry Chiropractic & Acupuncture can help. Here are the answers to several frequently asked questions regarding pain treatment.

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How common is neck pain?

Neck pain is more commonplace than you might realize, so if it's any consolation, you're in good company. An estimated 45 percent of American workers suffer from neck pain at one time or other.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is the most well-known acute neck problem caused by auto accidents and other violent events. The head "whips" back and forth sharply enough to strain the neck muscles, herniate cervical discs, and even throw the cervical vertebrae out of their proper configuration. 

When should I suspect that I have whiplash?

Whiplash not only causes agonizing neck stiffness and pain, but it can also plague you with headaches, TM pain, ringing in the ears, dizziness, vision problems, and memory problems. If you're experiencing a combination of these symptoms, you could very well have whiplash.

Why do age-related bulging discs cause neck pain?

The discs that cushion your vertebrae lose hydration and height as they age. This flattening can put extra stress on the joints that articulate the cervical spine, inflaming them as a possible first step toward arthritis. Bulging discs can also compress the nerve roots of the cervical spine, causing them to send out pain signals.

What is cervical spinal stenosis?

Cervical spinal stenosis is a condition in which the inner area of the spinal canal becomes narrower due to a bone spur or other degenerative condition. This problem can cause both neck pain and pain, numbness or tingling in the upper extremities.

What is cervical spondylolisthesis?

Cervical spondylolisthesis is yet another cause of chronic neck pain. It occurs when one cervical vertebra slides forward in position relative to the vertebra underneath it. This can pinch nerve tissue and cause neck pain.

How do postural problems create neck pain?

Habitual poor posture can allow the head to place unequal weight distribution on the neck muscles, straining them to cause nagging pain. One typical present-day example, text neck, is caused by constantly dropping your head forward to check your mobile device.

Is surgery the only answer for chronic neck pain?

Thankfully, most people can get the neck pain relief they seek without either surgery or drugs. Here at Symmetry Chiropractic & Acupuncture, our chiropractor, Dr. Erickson, can provide natural, non-invasive neck pain treatment that addresses the physical issues that caused your pain in the first place.

How can chiropractic treatment provide neck pain relief?

Chiropractic treatment can be highly effective for neck pain relief because it can correct alignment issues that produce nerve impingement and muscular strain. Even if you suffer from a chronic degenerative condition, periodic cervical adjustments can keep your symptoms under control and permit an optimal range of motion.

What other treatment methods can I expect from my neck pain doctor? 

As a valuable complement to chiropractic adjustment, our neck pain doctor at Symmetry Chiropractic & Acupuncture can also use acupuncture to relieve many kinds of neck pain. Our state-of-the-art electroacupuncture techniques can trigger the release of your body's own pain-relieving substances, freeing you from the risks and side effects of pain-killing drugs.

Once my neck pain is gone, how do I keep it from coming back?

In addition to periodic spinal screenings to catch and correct any little alignment problems that may recur, we can also recommend lifestyle and work habits changes to help you avoid text neck and other posture-related strains.

Ready to Feel Better? Come Visit Your Neck Pain Doctor in Naperville

Now that you understand why neck pain occurs and what you can do about it, it's up to you to find the specific answers to your neck pain dilemma. Call Symmetry Chiropractic & Acupuncture at 630-983-1805 to schedule an appointment with our neck pain doctor in Naperville. We know how to deal with your neck pain the natural way!

Did your neck pain first appear alongside an accident injury, or did it just seem to be there one day for no good reason? Tell us about your experience with neck pain!

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