Neck pain, also called cervical pain, can arise from a wide range of causes. The most common reasons for cervical pain are often degenerative disc problems, herniated cervical disc, a neck injury, such as whiplash, or possibly a pinched nerve.
Cervical pain is also often associated with arm pain, which is seen with pain radiating down the arm.
Even though neck pain (cervical spine) is less common than low back pain (lumbar spine), it still is reported that 10% of the population is or will be treated for cervical spine problems each year.
Progressive neurological problems
Most often cervical pain eases over time and can be treated with non-surgical methods such as we use here at Brook Chiropractic Neurology; however, there are some symptoms that should alert you to the possibility of a more serious medical problem. Anyone with these symptoms should tell his or her doctor immediately:
Progressive neurological problems including numbness, weakness or loss of coordination in arms or legs, unplanned weight loss, vomiting/nausea, or fever/chills as examples.
Chiropractic treatment for neck pain
Dr. Brook and other skilled chiropractors generally treat the cervical spine area when a patient suffers from pains in the neck, the arm, upper back, or from headaches.
Chiropractic is the first-line treatment for pain associated with cervical spine problems. Our goal is to reduce your pain, improve the range of motion in your neck, and to help restore normal function to your head and neck.
Dr. Brook would be the expert to advise if using applied heat or cold packs on a specific area, especially after a treatment, would be beneficial. Be sure to follow his advice.
He will have a plan for resting and other therapeutic measures to allow your body to heal and accommodate the adjustments that he performs.