For those suffering from chronic pain of any kind life can be pretty miserable indeed. Chronic neck pain in particular can have multiple effects on a person’s day to day life, from the niggling type of pain which just never seems to go away, to full-on debilitating restriction of movement.
Whichever way it affects you, at Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center the treatments we have and offer will help reduce your pain – and your reliance on painkillers – and help you get back to enjoying life again. In order to help you decide whether chiropractic treatment is right for you, you may like to take a look at what we mean by chronic neck pain and how chiropractic treatment can help.
Symptoms of Chronic Neck Pain
Many of us suffer from undefined pain from time to time and in many cases this is the type of pain, perhaps caused by muscle strain, that comes and goes over time. The very definition of chronic pain though is pain that does not subside; it can persist for a long time and very often becomes worse and is not relieved by pain medication.
According to Spine Health – and the Mayo Clinic – there are a set of common symptoms which can range from mild to severe and include:
- Stiffness and soreness particularly when moving the head from side to side
- Sharp pain like stinging or shooting pain which is felt in one place
- Radiating pain which spreads into the arms and shoulders. This is often referred to as nerve pain and can be felt as a burning or searing pain.
- Pain can increase when you hold your head in the same position for any length of time, for instance when driving or working at a computer
In more severe cases neck pain can lead to:
- Tingling, numbness or weakness, with a pins and needles type of feeling
- Headaches, from muscle tension or pinched nerves which could lead to loss of balance or dizziness
- Difficulty in lifting or gripping objects
How Does Chiropractic Treatment Help?
At Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center we understand chronic pain and we know how much of a life-changing and life-limiting problem it can be for our patients so we take very seriously the care and rehabilitation of patients with chronic neck pain. We have an impressive team of staff who are all dedicated to helping the patients and the wider community of Chanhassen, Minnesota. Dr. Ben Knight and Dr. Thaddeus Sharikov constantly strive to update, improve and build on their vast experience and knowledge base in order to give patients the best possible care.
The things which cause chronic neck pain are variable but the Mayo Clinic explains that much of the problem lies in the simple fact that it is the weight of the head and the flexibility of the spine which makes the neck so vulnerable to injury. Causes of pain include:
- Muscle strain due to overuse from hunching over a computer screen or grinding your teeth
- Worn joints due to deterioration of the cartilage
- Nerve compression due to herniated discs or bone spurs
- Injuries like whiplash damage sustained in an automobile crash or sports injury
- Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, cancer or meningitis
If any of this applies to you then it is imperative that you get expert help as soon as possible. Dr Knight at Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center is highly skilled in helping patients in the Chanhassen area overcome their neck pain through a highly specialized form of treatment tailored to the patient’s exact needs.
When you visit us for an appointment you will get the benefit and reassurance from knowing that your doctor will start by identifying the cause and source of your neck pain in order to give you the best possible personalized care. We are specialists in:
- Locating and correcting spinal misalignments called subluxations
- Correcting spinal nerve interference and restoring nerve function to provide long term relief
- Treating at the source – not just masking the symptoms
You owe it to yourself to tackle the issue of your neck pain and not just carry on with medication, which ultimately become less effective with long term use. The treatments we provide depend on the individual condition but all have the certainty of offering a long lasting solution and relief from pain.
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment?
It is very common for those living with chronic neck pain to simply soldier on with painkilling medication, generally taking higher and higher doses just to find less and less relief from the pain. Eventually though, you have to consider other treatments and if you are looking at whether chiropractic treatment is for you then let’s go through the benefits.
According to Spine Health chiropractic manipulation is usually the first line of treatment for neck, upper back, shoulder and arm pain as a means of reducing pain, improving motion and restoring correct function.
- Gets You Back on your Feet
According to the American Chiropractic association this type of treatment is one of the safest around in terms of associated risk and, crucially, is more effective in getting patients back on their feet and enjoying life again than traditional forms of medical treatment.
- Identifies the Source of Pain
Conventional pain-relieving medication can do no more than mask the pain and in some cases can make things worse by allowing you to carry on functioning whilst aggravating the problem. Chiropractic treatment first locates and identifies the source of the pain and then gets to work realigning and repositioning the vertebra to restore function.
- No Need for Surgery in Many Cases
Some medical doctors’ first inclination is to offer surgery for chronic neck pain however surgery carries a range of risks including those associated with post-surgical bedrest such as muscle wastage and thromboembolism. Chiropractic treatment works with the body’s own natural healing abilities without the need for any downtime.
- Improvement in Quality of Life
Living with chronic neck pain can be debilitating and can seriously curtail your life. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Chiropractic treatment can, by identifying the source of your pain and providing a long term relief solution, improve your quality of life by allowing you to get back to living it the way you want.
How Abundant Life Chiropractic Can Help You
At Abundant Life Chiropractic Health Center, we understand that many sufferers of chronic neck pain ‘put up with’ their condition despite the fact that their social and working lives may be seriously compromised as a result of it. They may even believe that if they carry on medicating that the pain will somehow, miraculously, go away.
We know that this never happens; pain doesn’t just ‘go away’ and this is why we want to help. Dr Knight and his staff, are ready and waiting to show you just how much your life can be made better through the holistic treatment that is chiropractic.
Take the first step to feeling better and getting your life back and call us at (952) 300-8338.