Treat Neck Pain with Chiropractic Care
Staring at screens has become a daily reality for most of the population in today’s technology-rich society. People are suffering with neck pain at younger and younger ages because of a condition doctors have dubbed “text neck”. Bending the head to look at a phone or tablet creates stress and strain on the cervical spine. Automobile accidents are another common contributor to neck injuries. If you are in Ringgold, GA or a surrounding north Georgia area, there is help for your neck pain. Chiropractic care can treat painful neck conditions.
What Is the Cervical Spine?
The cervical spine is the beginning of the spinal column at the base of the skull. There are a series of vertebrae labeled C1-C7. Support for the head is provided by C1 and C2. C3 through C6 are more flexible and work together to provide movement and flexibility for the neck and head. These vertebrae move into action when you are moving your head backward and forward as well as turning your head from left to right. C7 provides a solid transition to the thoracic region of the spine. These vertebrae are very important because they form a protective column from the brain to the spine. Of course, the brain sends every message to the remaining areas of the spine and nerves for all body function and movement. Imagine the problems that can arise if even one of these vertebrae are misaligned! Pain and malfunction can occur throughout the body.
A 2014 article in the Washington Post clearly outlines the problem of “text neck”. Holding the head, weighing approximately 12 pounds, at a slight angle for extended periods of time can place undue pressure on the cervical column. Eventually, with this sustained pressure, any of the vertebrae from C1 to C6 may slip out of place. Further, irreparable changes to posture are possible, particularly with young people who are still growing.
Other Common Causes and Side Effects of Neck Pain
Whiplash from a car accident or other jarring trauma is another common cause of neck pain. Muscle strain, bulging disks and spinal misalignments are a few of the problems that patients present when seeking medical intervention for neck pain. Generally, this pain and its side effects can become so significant people begin to miss out on the joys of life. These side effects can impact the quality of life people experience:
- Acute pain on one side of the neck
- Posture changes
- Pain in other areas of the body
Chiropractic Treatment Options
For patients reporting any of the above symptoms related to neck pain in northern Georgia, chiropractic care can offer relief. Patients who committed to a 12 week treatment plan of spinal manipulation reported 75 to 100% improvement, according to a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Many patients participating in this study reported quicker responses to spinal manipulation treatment and were able to finish treatment prior to the 12 week treatment course initially prescribed. Chiropractic doctors often use other therapies like massage, hot and cold therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to aid in the treatment of chronic neck pain.
Chiropractic Intervention for Neck Pain in North Georgia
At Paxton Family Chiropractic, we are committed to helping you find relief from your painful neck condition. Don’t continue suffering with untreated neck pain. Turning your head to see the smile on your loved one’s face without feeling a sharp, shooting pain should be everyone’s experience. Let our professional, caring staff help restore this reality for you. Call 706-935-3338 today so we can set an appointment for a free screening appointment.