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How much do you know about neck pain?

Neck pain is the second most common musculoskeletal conditions 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 – brain, and weight around 5kilograms. 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, degenerative disc disease.

Causes

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 may associate with – such as headaches, stiff neck, reduced range of motion, muscle spasm 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 are recommended to improve the outcomes for treating both acute and chronic neck pain. The combination of other modalities such as stretching, exercise, manual therapy could even maximise the efficacy of the chiropractic treatment. It is also found that chiropractic treatments 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.

References

Bryans, R., Decina, P., Descarreaux, M., Duranleau, M., Marcoux, H., Potter, B., . . . White, E. (2014). Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Chiropractic Treatment of Adults With Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics,37(1), 42-63. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.08.010

Garcia, J. D., Arnold, S., Tetley, K., Voight, K., & Frank, R. A. (2016). Mobilization and Manipulation of the Cervical Spine in Patients with Cervicogenic Headache: Any Scientific Evidence? Frontiers in Neurology7, 40. http://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2016.00040

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