Neck Pain Treatment in Burbank
At our Burbank chiropractic clinic, neck pain is one of the most common complaints we hear. Whether it is from prolonged computer work, constantly looking down at your phone (now called “text neck”), sleeping position, or even some type of trauma, it does affect your quality of life and is extremely annoying to deal with in day to day activities. It can be debilitating at times and lead to headaches and migraines along with many other symptoms depending on the cause.
Below, you can find a list of all the neck pain causes we commonly see here at Allied Pain & Wellness.
Common Causes of Neck Pain
- Herniated Disc
- Pinched Nerve
- Neck Strain
- Neck Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Sleeping Position
- Poor Posture
How Your Burbank Chiropractor Assesses Neck Pain
The neck, or cervical spine, is made up of a series of joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons all of which, when irritated, can contribute to neck pain. Our Burbank Chiropractor must assess all these aspects of your cervical portion of the spine. Your Chiropractor will take a thorough history and perform a proper physical exam which will help diagnose what is causing the pain whether it is muscular, ligament, disc, nerve, or joint related.
If your Chiropractor believes there is a reason to suspect a condition present, there are a few different options as far as imaging. X-ray: to help visualize any type of trauma to bone, misalignment placing stress on surrounding structures, or check for arthritis. MRI- to visualize the soft tissue, tendons, muscles, nerves, ligaments, blood vessels, and discs. EMG/ NCV – Testing the electrical impulses of the spinal nerve roots (EMG) or peripheral nerves (NCV) and the response of the muscles (reference 1)
Burbank’s Treatment for Neck Pain
Chiropractic care can be sought out to help with the pain and help aid in the treatment and recovery process right here in Burbank. Physiotherapy such as electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and soft tissue work can also help. Muscle work, massage, stretching, and prescribed exercises can be given to help rehab and strengthen and surrounding musculature for more stability and support. Neck pain treatment is based on the individual and not everyone’s treatment is the same. It is up to the chiropractor to determine what is the best course of action to take when dealing with an individual’s specific injury. Neck pain can present as a general dull, sore, sharp, or achy localized pain. There might also be nerve involvement which can lead to numbness, and tingling into the arms along with weakness. A decrease in range of motion and flexibility can also be experienced with neck pain. A doctor should be seen immediately when presenting with numbness, tingling, nausea, vomiting, migraine headaches, ringing in the ears, visual disturbances, or trouble sleeping at nights to rule out any serious injuries.
Advice From Your Burbank Chiropractor: Preventing Neck Pain
As your Burbank chiropractor, I highly advise to maintain proper biomechanics (aka posture and movement)since it can help immensely in helping you avoid neck pain. Correct posture while sitting by keeping your back straight, shoulders retracted, and neck in a nice, neutral position can also help prevent neck pain. Proper ergonomics with keeping your computer propped up and not looking down either at your computer or phone for a prolonged period of time will help prevent extra strain or stress on the surrounding structures. Maintaining healthy body weight, and daily exercise to help strengthen your upper back and surrounding musculature can all help in preventing neck pain from occurring as well. Having chiropractic adjustments at least once per month can help maintain normal alignment in the neck and cervical spine allowing the nervous system to perform optimally and decrease the chance of irritation to the muscles, discs, and other surrounding structures.
If you’ve never seen a Chiropractor or heard of Chiropractic, feel free to call Burbank’s Dr. Shahen Simian to discuss it. We always welcome new patients even if they are unfamiliar with chiropractic care or have never seen a chiropractor before. We are conveniently located in Burbank and offer a wide arrangement of services and different chiropractic techniques. Call us today at (818) 688-2275
1.) “Back Pain.” Prevention. Mayo Clinic Staff, n.d. Web. 04 Sept. 2014. .