Your head probably weighs about 11 pounds, a heavy load for the seven vertebrae of the neck to support. However, these bones, as well as the muscles and other soft tissue that supports them, are built for stability and strength, while protecting the nerves of the spinal cord. When things go wrong pain can be severe and debilitating.
Most cases of neck pain revolve around irritation of a nerve. Often, this occurs when the cervical vertebrae — those seven bones of the neck — are slightly out of alignment. The pain is often more severe than the condition that causes it. While the pain usually clears within days to weeks, in some cases it may linger longer and indicate other medical problems as a source.
As well as the sensations of pain you’re feeling, typical neck pain issues feature some common symptoms. These include:
Some symptoms may suggest a problem other than the basic neck pain that most people experience at some point in their lives. These include sensations such as
While each patient may have different causes and therefore different treatments, Dr. Fuller and Dr. Manasia start with a review of your neck pain history. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, treatment may be different than if the neck pain grew worse over time, without a specific incident to cause it. This is followed by physical and neurological exams to assess the mobility of your vertebrae and soft tissue.
Once a diagnosis is made, a technique to adjust the cervical spine is chosen. This resets alignment of the vertebrae and typically you’ll feel an increase in the range of motion immediately, often accompanied by reduced pain. A treatment plan for further adjustments is matched to your