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That neck pain you’ve been dealing with all this time?
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Drs. Hall explain how poor posture can cause neck pain and headaches.
Common Causes of Neck Pain in Overland Park, KS
Subluxation is the condition that chiropractors are specially trained to identify and correct. When a bone or section of the spine in the neck shifts out of its normal position, it can cause pressure on nearby spinal nerves. This can present with symptoms such as neck pain, headaches, or even numbness and tingling into the arms or hands. Many times neck pain is treated with exercises, stretches, or even medications. However, there is no exercise or drug you can take to fix subluxation. In Overland Park, KS Chiropractors are the only doctors who are trained to properly correct subluxation in the spine. Chiropractic adjustments are gentle and specific, and can provide instant relief for neck pain caused by subluxation.
Tech neck is a term that refers to postural problems that occur due to looking down at our electronic devices or working at desks for too long. As technology has advanced, it has become a more prominent problem. In fact, the average person is now on their phone for around 4 hours per day! Tech neck typically presents with forward head posture, which increases stress on the neck joints and muscles. Forward head posture also reduces – and in some cases, reverses – the natural curve of the neck, which can create chronic neck issues. The WellSpine KC specializes in helping people improve their posture and alleviate neck pain that stems from Tech Neck.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes narrowing of a joint space, and is commonly seen in the neck. It takes a long time to develop, sometimes even decades, and is usually the long term result of things like poor posture and lack of motion. Our joints need to move in order to stay healthy. When we don’t move our joints enough, or have poor posture, the joints gradually wear down. Osteoarthritis can also cause changes in the bone called bone spurs. These can cause irritation to nerves in the neck and cause neck pain. Chiropractic and exercise are essential for managing osteoarthritis and slowing down its progression.
Bulged or Herniated Cervical Discs
Between each of the neck vertebrae are discs, which provide support for our neck joints and allow movement to occur. A vertebral disc contains a jelly-like substance in the middle called a nucleus, which is surrounded by rings of cartilage. Due to postural or repetitive movement stress, the cartilage can be damaged. This causes the nucleus to take the path of least resistance and push into the damaged area. When the nucleus pushes through the last layer of cartilage, the disc has herniated into the space where spinal nerves are located. This causes inflammation, which brings intense neck pain that can radiate down into the arms. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to fix a disc herniation, so it is important to address the problem as quickly as possible if surgery is to be avoided.
One of the most common injuries to result from car accidents in Overland Park, KS is whiplash in the neck. When a vehicle comes to a quick stop during impact, the neck moves back and forth sharply, causing damage to the muscles and ligaments in the neck. This results in neck pain and decreased range of motion in the neck. Whiplash must be addressed as quickly as possible, as it can easily lead to chronic neck problems down the road. It is common for patients in our office to have neck pain years, and sometimes even decades, after car accidents. Chiropractic is a very effective way to treat whiplash and restore normal function and movement in the neck.
We see it all the time: tight shoulders, sharp pain at the base of your skull, a head so heavy you can barely hold it up at the end of the day.
These kind of symptoms can also lead to headaches, sinus issues, inability to sleep and just all-around grumpiness.
Drs. Andrew & Liisa Hall explain how Spinal Stress might be the cause of your neck pain and headaches.
We want you to know that we see GREAT results with people dealing with neck and shoulder pain IF it is a chiropractic issue.
How can we know if your issue is a chiropractic issue? Simple. Through our New Patient Discovery Process.
We see GREAT results because of our combined 30 years of Clinical Experience, thorough New Patient Discovery Process, state-of-the-art testing and our personalized care, designed for each patient specifically.
How We Treat Neck Pain in Overland Park, KS
Consultation and Exam
Before we are able to treat your neck pain at The Springfield Wellness Center, we must perform a detailed consultation and examination. The consultation gives our doctors the opportunity to really listen to and understand your problems and how they have affected your life. We can also capture key bits of information about your condition that can help us find out what is causing it.
In the examination, we will perform chiropractic, orthopedic, and functional movement testing to help us pinpoint the cause of your neck pain. These tests help us determine if the problem is due to an issue with a muscle, bone, nerve, or some combination of those. Pain is a body signal, or a way that your body tells you something isn’t functioning properly. When we find out what is causing it, we can help it function the right way again.
Specific Chiropractic Care |
Many times, neck pain is due to a condition called subluxation. Subluxation occurs when a bone or section of the spine shifts out of its normal position. This causes pressure and irritation to nerves, which can cause symptoms such as neck pain. Subluxations also affect how well your spine is able to move. If they are not corrected, over time they can cause degeneration to the joints and lead to a condition called arthritis.
As Chiropractors in Overland Park, KS we perform specific adjustments to the spine, which remove pressure from the nerves and allow the joints to move easier. Subluxation can be resolved through chiropractic care, but it can take time, especially for a chronic problem. By removing subluxation from the neck, proper function can be restored to the nerves and symptoms like neck pain can diminish. If the root cause of your problem is coming from a subluxation in the cervical spine (your neck) you will continue to have symptoms until it is addressed. That is why Chiropractic is so crucial to eliminating neck pain.
Dr. Andrew Hall explains 3 Things to Expect when you schedule a New Patient Discovery Process.
One of the best tools in determining if your issue can be helped by chiropractic care is X-Ray.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is a chiropractor in Overland Park, KS good for neck pain?
Absolutely! Chiropractic should be your first call when it comes to neck pain. The Chiropractors at WellSpine KC in Overland Park, KS have helped thousands of people with all different types of neck pain, and would be happy to help you with your neck pain.
When should you see a chiropractor for neck pain?
The best time to see a chiropractor when you have neck pain is as quickly as possible. By the time you are experiencing neck pain, the problem has usually already existed for some time. So, it is important to address the problem now before it turns into a more severe issue later on.
Is it okay to pop my own neck?
It is not recommended that you pop your own neck. Doing so can cause damage to muscles and ligaments in the neck due to excess force being used and can create hyper mobility in the spine, meaning it moves more than it is supposed to. Chiropractors are the only doctors who are trained to specifically and gently adjust the neck to alleviate neck pain.
How should I sleep with neck pain?
The best thing you can do for neck pain while sleeping is keep the spine in a neutral position. Sleeping on your back or side is recommended with adequate pillow support. Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended at all, especially if you are experiencing neck pain.