Neck Pain – AcuHealth Chiropractic, Columbus Ohio.
Possible causes of neck pain can come from a lot of places. Some possible causes of neck pain are; laying crooked while watching TV, sleeping in a draft, it can come as a response to a cold or flu, a sinus infection (“referred pain”), from an injury like a car accident, from over lifting or carrying, from pinching the phone between your ear and shoulder, or it can even come from “stress.”
These are some common causes of neck pain that we see at AcuHealth Chiropractic in Columbus Ohio:
Degenerative Disk Disease (DDD)is one possible cause of neck pain: Over time (years), repeated injuries to the neck can result in DDD. The small “shock absorbers” that lie between the vertebral bodies lose their water retaining capabilities, become narrow, and less flexible.
Mechanical Neck Pain is a possible cause of neck pain: Any condition that does not involve the pinching of nerves can be placed in this category. There are 2 small joints called “facets” that lie in the back of the vertebra that are a common source of neck pain. “Sprains” or injury to ligaments that hold bones together and “strains” or, injury to muscles and/or tendons that move the bones are also grouped here.
Pinched nerves are another possible cause of neck pain: This results in pain down the arm. There are 2 primary causes: A) Herniated disk (HD): Think of a disk like a jelly donut. When the jelly “leaks” out and pinches a nerve (resulting in arm pain), that’s an HD. B) Bone spurs off the front of the facets &/or back edge of the vertebra can also pinch a nerve, resulting in the classic arm pain.
Spinal stenosis: (2-types) A) Central: A narrow spinal canal pinches the spinal cord creating pain, numbness and/or weakness in the arms &/or legs. B) Lateral: Narrowing of the hole where the nerve exits creating arm pain, numbness or weakness, if the nerve is pinched (like an HD).
If you have Neck Pain And Headaches, chiropractic care is a great treatment option as headaches can be caused by Pinched Nerves in the cervical spine.
Of course, there are many other possible causes of neck pain, but these are the most common and should be first considered when evaluating a patient with neck pain.
We always recommend that you sleep with a supportive neck pain pillow to keep your head and neck properly supported while you sleep. I also recommend these for people that don’t have neck problems as a means to help prevent them in the future!
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