From poor posture and muscle tension to injuries such as whiplash, there are many causes of neck pain. Led by chiropractor Josh Nelson, DC, the caring team at One Light Medical in Lubbock, Texas, take a holistic approach to treat neck pain. If you suffer from any type of neck pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Neck Pain Q & A
What is neck pain?
The bones, muscles, and ligaments of your neck support the weight of your head and provide a wide range of motion. The core of your neck is the cervical spine, a column of the smallest, most delicate bones (vertebrae) in your spine. Cervical discs act as cushions in between each vertebra.
Any type of abnormality, injury, or inflammation in any of these structures can result in neck pain. Neck pain may occur with other symptoms, such as headaches. Most of the time, neck pain isn’t serious and resolves within a few days.
If you have neck pain that lasts for longer than a week or interferes with your normal routine, the team at One Light Medical can help.
What causes neck pain?
The neck is especially vulnerable to conditions and injuries that cause pain and stiffness. One Light Medical treats many causes of neck pain, including:
Muscle tension and strain
Muscle tension in the neck is one of the most common causes of headaches. Neck tension and strain may result from a variety of factors, including:
- Standing and moving with poor posture
- Working at a computer or using a smartphone for hours without changing position
- Reading in bed or sleeping with your neck in an awkward position
- Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw
Your neck is prone to many types of injuries, especially those that occur during car accidents, falls, and sports. Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries to affect the neck.
A herniated, or slipped, disc in your cervical vertebrae can press on nearby nerves and cause pain. Other causes of nerve compression in the neck include bone spurs and cervical stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal canal.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between your bones breaks down over time. This may cause your body to develop bone spurs.
How is neck pain treated?
The team at One Light Medical offers personalized, conservative care for neck pain. After thoroughly evaluating your condition, they discuss the best treatment options for your condition. Depending on your needs, treatment for neck pain may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Massage therapy
- Hot and cold packs
- Gentle stretching exercises to perform at home
For effective and noninvasive neck pain treatment, call One Light Medical or schedule an appointment online today.