Neck Pain Treatment
Care through chiropractic - Neck pain Treatment in Sunnyvale
Your neck pain begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small bones called vertebrae. It supports the weight of your head which weighs about 12 pounds. Your neck can move your head in every direction, but this makes your neck very prone to pain and injury. Your treatment in our Sunnyvale office will give you quick relief.
Causes of neck pain can include Whiplash injuries, repetitive movements, extended sitting, falls and other injuries. Dr. Cady is a specialist in evaluating and treating neck pain. Make an appointment today to get out of pain fast.
Neck pain may result from abnormalities in the soft tissues – the muscles, ligaments, and nerves – as well as in bones and joints of the spine. The most common causes of neck pain are soft tissue abnormalities due to injury or prolonged wear and tear. In rare cases, infection or tumors may cause neck pain. In some people, neck problems may be the source of pain in the upper back, shoulders or arms.
Degenerative and inflammatory diseases that cause neck pain include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis usually occurs in older people as a result of wear of the joints between the bones in the neck. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause destruction of the joints of the neck. Both of these major types of arthritis can cause stiffness and pain.
When should you seek chiropractic care?
Start chiropractic care as soon as possible. When an injury causes pain in the neck that radiates down the arms and legs, seek care right away. Radiating pain or numbness in your arms or legs causing weakness in the arms or legs without significant neck pain should also be evaluated.
Seek chiropractic care when neck pain is:
- continuous and persistent
- moderate or severe
- accompanied by pain that radiates down the arms or legs
- accompanied by headaches, numbness, tingling, or weakness
Cervical disk degeneration also can cause neck pain. The disk acts as a shock absorber between the bones in the neck. In neck degeneration (typically age 40 onwards), the normal gelatin-like center of the disk degenerates and the space between the vertebrae narrows. As the disk space narrows, added stress is applied to the joints of the spine causing further wear and degenerative disease. The cervical disk may also protrude and cause pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots when the rim of the disk weakens. This is known as a herniated cervical disk.
Because the neck is so flexible and because it supports the head, it is extremely vulnerable to injury. Most common injuries are to the soft tissues, i.e., muscles and ligaments. Severe injury with fracture or dislocation of the neck may damage the spinal cord and cause paralysis (quadriplegia). Much less common causes of neck pain include tumors, infections, or congenital abnormalities of the vertebrae.
Who can treat neck pain
Many patients seek chiropractic care for neck pain, because chiropractors are specifically trained in the workings of the musculoskeletal system, including the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of problems involving the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. Dr. Cady treats a wide variety of injuries and other conditions, including neck pain.
Diagnosing neck pain
Determining the source of the pain is essential to recommend the right method of treatment and rehabilitation. Therefore, a comprehensive examination is required to determine the cause of neck pain.
Dr. Cady will take a complete history of the difficulties you are having with your neck. He or may ask you about other illnesses, any injury that occurred to your neck and any complaints you have associated with neck pain.
Next, He will perform a physical examination. This examination may include evaluation of neck motion, neck tenderness, and the function of the nerves and muscles in your arms and legs.
X-ray studies may be done to allow Dr. Cady to look closely at the bones in your neck. These simple diagnostic techniques often help Dr. Cady to determine the cause of neck pain and to prescribe effective treatment.
Neck pain treatment
How neck pain is treated depends on what the diagnosis reveals. However, most patients treat successfully with spinal manipulation, physical therapy and massage. Which therapies are used depends on your specific problem.
For example, if pain is from inflammation as a result of stretching muscles and ligaments beyond their limits, Dr. Cady may prescribe gentle manipulation, electrical muscle stimulation and ice.
When neck pain persists or is chronic, Dr. Cady may recommend a rehabilitation program that includes an exercise program and various types of physical therapy, or massage to help you relieve your pain and prevent it from coming back. Very few patients require surgery to relieve neck pain. For the vast majority of patients, a combination of rest, chiropractic care and physical therapy will relieve neck pain.
Dr. Cady is a chiropractic doctor with extensive training in the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. (read more)
Call us at 408-739-2273 to make an appointment today.