Many patients develop neck pain because of an injury to one of the structures in the neck, such as the muscles or vertebrae. For example, if you’re involved in a car accident, you may have neck pain because of whiplash. You may also experience neck pain because of problems with the alignment of your vertebrae or your head posture. Chronic conditions, such as arthritis, can cause neck pain as well.
In many cases, neck pain stems from more than one issue.
To determine the cause of your neck pain, Dr. Clemens will begin by performing a thorough physical exam. She’ll also review your medical history and ask questions about your lifestyle and symptoms. After she has identified all of the factors that contribute to your neck pain, she’ll design a comprehensive treatment program that improves your pain and enhances the overall function of your neck.
Dr. Clemens’ approach to treating neck pain depends on its cause. She may recommend massage and acupuncture to address muscles that have tightened due to awkward posture or repetitive movement. Physical therapy helps you correct poor posture and compensatory movements that contribute to your pain. Noninvasive chiropractic adjustments alter subluxations, or misalignments, in the vertebra to further relieve your pain.
Each treatment offers different benefits to patients with neck pain. In most cases, Dr. Clemens will recommend several treatments to give you the best results and prevent pain from returning.
Chiropractic treatments offer several benefits compared to other treatment options. For example, because chiropractic treatments are minimally invasive or noninvasive, they’re less likely to cause side effects or pose serious risks than mainstream medical treatments, such as surgery or injections. Chiropractic treatments also focus on treating the person as a whole, rather than simply masking symptoms. In addition, studies have shown that chiropractic treatments are effective in the treatment of chronic pain.
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