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Neck Pain Relief in Lincoln Square

back view of neck painWithout a doubt, neck pain is one of the most common complaints that brings people into our practice. Considering how much time many people spend at their workstations or on their digital devices at home, it’s no surprise that many suffer from this type of upper cervical discomfort.

Neck pain usually isn’t a symptom of a more serious problem. But, if your pain is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands, or if you experience shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm, it’s critical to seek medical care immediately.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of neck pain include the following:

  • Muscle tightness and spasms
  • A decreased ability to move your head
  • Headache

What Are the Common Causes?

Because your neck is flexible and supports the weight of your head, it can be prone to injuries and conditions that result in pain and limited motion. Here are some of the most common causes of upper cervical discomfort:

Muscle strains. Things like sitting for many hours hunched over your computer often create muscle strains. Even reading in bed—particularly if you don’t have proper neck support—can strain your neck muscles.

Worn joints. As you age, your neck joints tend to wear down. Osteoarthritis causes the cushions (cartilage) between your bones (vertebrae) to deteriorate. Your body then develops bone spurs that affect joint motion and lead to pain.

Nerve compression. Herniated disks or bone spurs in the vertebrae of your neck can put pressure on the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord.

Injuries. Injuries playing sports, a fall, or a rear-end auto collision often result in a whiplash injury. This type of injury occurs when the head is jerked backward and then forward, resulting in the neck’s soft tissues being strained.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of techniques do you find successful in addressing neck pain?

Chiropractic combined with rehab exercise, manual therapy and acupuncture are effective.

How long until patients typically notice relief?

Within the first two weeks of care.

Do you take any special precautions when adjusting the neck?

We make sure to do a proper evaluation to determine the type of adjustment that we can safely provide for each individual.

How do you calm a nervous patient?

By educating them and allowing the patient to decide whether the adjustment will be beneficial or not. We do nothing the patient does not want us or feel comfortable doing.

A Patient Success Story

We have a patient who came in with neck pain and headaches that have been going on for years. Within the first two weeks of receiving care, her discomfort decreased more than 60%, and she had no headaches! We are working on restoring her cervical curvature, strengthening the area and slowing down degeneration of her bones. She is a happy patient, referring multiple patients to our office.

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If you’re suffering from neck pain, our chiropractors are here to help. Contact Pro-Holistic Care today to schedule an appointment!

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Neck Pain Relief in Lincoln Square, Chicago IL | (773) 279-9344