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neck pain and chiropractic

Commonly, episodes of neck pain are due to muscle strain or ligamentous/tenson sprain. However neck pain can also be caused by a sudden force from a car accident or sporting injury, known as whiplash.  However there are more chronic conditions that cause neck pain including cervical degenerative disc disease, cervical herniated disc, cervical stenosis and cervical osteoarthrosis to name but a few.


Acute Neck Pain


Most incidents of acute neck pain are due to muscular strain or soft tissue sprain. The neck can become irritated from sleeping in the wrong position, whiplash, or straining to carry something heavy. Most minor injuries to the soft tissues of the neck usually heal with time however chiropractic treatment can help alleviate and aid painful conditions.


Chiropractic Treatment


Chiropractors commonly use use cervical manipulation to treat patients complaining of neck, upper back and shoulder/arm pain. The aim of cervical manipulation is to reduce pain, improve neck motion and to restore function to the head and neck region. The application of this treatment only occurs after a full patient history and physical examination has been performed.


There are a couple of approaches used by chiropractors for cervical spine conditions.


Cervical spinal manipulation - often thought of as the traditional chiropractic adjustment, or a high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) technique

Cervical spinal mobilization - which is a more gentle/less forceful adjustment, or a low-velocity, low-amplitude (LVLA) technique moving the joint through a tolerable range of motion.


Chronic Neck Pain


Many conditions can cause chronic neck pain including:


- Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease

- Cervical Disc Herniation

- Cervical Foraminal Stenosis

- Cervical Spinal Stenosis

- Cervical Osteoarthrosis


It is important to have your neck examined by a professional to correctly diagnose your condition so appropriate treatment protocols are put in place. The Penarth Chiro is full trained to best identify neck pathology and will combine his clinical skills and knowledge to get the best possible treatment results.