How much do you know about neck pain?
Neck pain is the second most common musculoskeletal condition in the world affecting people’s wellbeing. The popularity of mobile devices makes even more individuals suffering from severe neck pain.
The anatomy of the cervical region is very complex. There are seven vertebrae to support the skull which protects the important organ – the brain, and weighs around 5 kilograms. Intervertebral discs are between vertebrae with ligaments, tendons and muscles surrounding the joints. The spinal cord and vertebral arteries are protected inside and through vertebrae. The mobility of the neck contributes to the high occurrence of neck pain.
The common causes of neck pain are due to postural problems, disc injuries, and degenerative disc disease.
- Postural problems
- Disc herniation
- Degenerative disc disease
- Trigger point referral
- Muscle strain
- Cervical spondylosis
- Cervical spinal canal stenosis
- Neck injuries – whiplash
Apart from neck pain, there are other symptoms and signs that may associate with it – such as headaches, stiff neck, reduced range of motion, muscle spasms and nerve pain (pins and needles or numbness in the relative arm and hand areas).
A study reported that chiropractic care, specifically chiropractic manipulations or adjustments is recommended to improve the outcomes for treating both acute and chronic neck pain. The combination of other modalities such as stretching, exercise, and manual therapy could even maximise the efficacy of the chiropractic treatment. It is also found that Chiropractic care could improve the intensity, frequency and duration of cervicogenic headaches.
If neck pain is annoying you, Kings Park Chiropractic Clinic can help you diagnose the source of your neck and tailor the treatment for you.