Neck Pain Treatment in Decatur GA
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What Are The Common Causes Of Neck Pain?
The common causes of neck pain are the spinal disc, joint, and nerve. If you feel muscle tightness, that is not the problem. That is a consequence of the problem. Anytime that your body perceives a problem in the neck, there are protective reflexes that will make your neck and shoulder muscles tight, so that you don’t move the injured, inflamed area. Treating the muscle tightness is a waste of time, because it will come right back. You must identify, and treat that cause, and then the muscle tightness will resolve and stay away.
The tricky thing about neck problems is that you may not feel it in the neck. Instead, you will probably feel it in the shoulders, or between the shoulder blades, or around the shoulder blade area. And if you treat these areas instead of the neck problem, you will not get better.
How Does a Chiropractor Diagnose Neck Pain?
The patient history, distribution of pain, mechanism of injury, and examination are usually sufficient to diagnose the problem. Sometimes that exact level of the problem is not possible to determine, initially, but it is often not necessary to know the exact level of pathology in order to get the patient better.
X-rays usually tell us what is not wrong, not what is wrong. MRI scans are more likely to show us what is the cause of the problem, but sometimes they are not diagnostic of the problem either. Thankfully, even when diagnostic imaging is not conclusive, the treatment will still be effective.
Chiropractic Treatment For Neck Pain ( Explain of process or step )
This varies among doctors. My usual approach with neck pain treatment is spinal decompression treatment. If there is an acute injury, such as an auto accident, I may include some palliative treatment like electrical stimulation. If there is an inflammatory component to the pain, I may include ice pack therapy too. But most patients will recover fastest with spinal decompression treatment for acute or chronic pain.
The most common method of treatment for neck pain among most chiropractors is the chiropractic adjustment. But I seldom use this treatment because I have found spinal decompression to be more effective, and I think it is safer treatment, too.
When Should You Worry About Neck Pain?
Many neck problems are mild, self-limiting, and don’t require treatment. If you have neck pain, and it resolves with ice and over-the-counter medications after 2-3 days, or is trending better within 2-3 days, you can wait to see if it resolves on its own.
If your pain is not improving or resolved after 2-3 days, then you should go see a doctor, preferable a spinal specialist, to have an evaluation, and get recommendations. You may or may not need some diagnostic imaging. You’ll have to consult with your doctor to decide this.
Don’t let the pain get worse and worse because if your pain becomes too severe your treatment options may be limited to more risky procedures like injections, addictive medications, and surgery.
I would add that if your pain is bad enough to miss work, you should see a doctor for evaluation and, at least, treatment recommendations, if not treatment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The chiropractic profession got its start in 1895, by treating the neck. Chiropractors are the largest, drugless healthcare profession, and they have been helping patients with neck pain since 1895. So, yes, chiropractors really do help neck pain. There are several ways to affect the neck, favorably, with manual treatment, and the chiropractic profession has the most training in manual treatment of neck problems.
For the last many years, physical therapists have adopted more manual treatments for neck problems, recognizing that chiropractors and manual methods of treatment really do help neck pain.
I don’t like the “fix” word because it’s ambiguous, and means, who knows what, to different people. But if we define it as resolution of pain, then I would say that this varies from 2 to 10 treatments for most patients. Those would likely be done over the course of 3 days to 3 weeks. But there are some who need less or more. And, there are a small percentage of people, maybe 10-20% that we can’t help, or can’t help enough. These patients may need referral for injections or surgery.
The usual range is 2 to 10 treatments. But some patients will need fewer or more. Of course this varies among patients. Some patients with severe problems may need to do 20 treatments. Some older patients with very severe degeneration, may choose to manage their pain with ongoing treatment, perhaps once every several weeks or months. This is uncommon but it is a better alternative than the chronic use of medications with additive potential or dangerous side-effects. This usually pertains to less than 5% of patients.