About 2 in 3 people will suffer from neck pain at some point in their lives. It is particularly common in older adults, with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men between the ages of 45 and 75 currently dealing with neck pain in the UK.
Although most cases of neck pain get better within a few days, some problems may benefit from chiropractic intervention or a trip to the doctor. In this post, our Ealing chiropractor shares the 6 most common causes of neck pain and explains how a visit to a chiropractor may be helpful.
Our Ealing Chiropractor Explains The Most Common Causes Of Neck Pain
The body’s spinal column consists of 33 vertebrae bones, which are stacked on top of one another. These bones are connected by ligaments and intervertebral discs.
Intervertebral discs prevent the bones from grinding against one another and provide some shock absorption for the spine. The ligaments provide stability and protect the spine from injury due to hyperextension or hyeprflexion (excessive movement of a joint in one direction).
A slipped disc, also called a herniated or bulging disc, occurs when the exterior of an intervertebral disc tears or ruptures. This allows the jelly-like interior of the disc to bulge out. When it does so, it may press on spinal nerves, triggering radiating pain and a variety of other symptoms.
Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when the neck is suddenly jolted backwards and forwards. This jolting action over-stretches the muscles and ligaments in the neck, causing them to become sprained. The most common causes of whiplash are car accidents and collisions on the sporting field.
The symptoms of whiplash may not appear until days after the incident that caused them. Receiving chiropractic treatment from a chiropractor can speed up your recovery from whiplash injuries.
Cervical Spondylosis is a medical term used to describe age related degeneration of the vertebrae and spinal discs. Also called osteoarthritis of the spine, this condition is the most common cause of neck pain in older adults in the UK.
This age-related deterioration can include the drying out of spinal discs in the neck and development of bone spurs. Chiropractic treatment is effective for individuals with mild cases, but pharmaceuticals or surgery may be required for more severe cases.
In severe cases, nerve compression can occur, which leads to symptoms like radiating pain and tingling in the extremities. It can also increase the risk of conditions like stenosis, where the spinal canal become narrower due to excessive bone growth.
Nonspecific Neck Pain
Nonspecific neck pain refers to minor strains to the ligaments, muscles, and tendons in the neck. This type of neck pain can have many causes, including poor posture, sporting injuries, stress, anxiety, and repetitive strain injuries. Most cases of nonspecific neck pain will go away within a few days and chiropractic care is useful for speeding up the healing process.
Also called ‘wry neck’, this rare condition occurs when the head becomes twisted to one side, making it painful to hold the head in a straight position. While the exact cause of this condition is unknown, it may be triggered by sprains to certain neck muscles or ligaments. In most cases, the condition can rectify itself within a few days, however, chiropractic care may also be useful.
Cervical Radiculopathy occurs when the root of a spinal nerve is compressed or damaged. This condition can cause neck pain, numbness, pins and needles, pain, and weakness in the arm which the nerve runs along. In most cases, Cervical Radiculopathy will be caused by spondylosis or a herniated intervertebral disc.
How Visiting A Chiropractor In Ealing Can Help
A chiropractor can perform several treatments to reduce the severity of neck pain. The most common treatments include cervical adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and articulation.
Cervical Adjustments involve the application of controlled force to a joint, pushing the joint to loosen it up. This can restore function in neck joints that move poorly or cause pain due to tissue damage or scarring from trauma or repetitive stress. This approach is ideal for treating issues like whiplash, pinched nerves and muscle spasms.
Soft tissue therapy includes techniques like massage and myofascial release. These techniques relieve tension in the muscles or tendons which may be causing neck pain.
If you are currently dealing with neck pain, give us a call on 020 8900 9004. Our professional and friendly team of chiropractors at The Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing are here to help you and get to the cause of your neck pain and help resolve the problem, if they can.
“Dr Loatey has seen me for many years. Initially I visited Dr Loatey for severe neck pain after playing football. I tried various other medical treatments such as physio and accupuncture, though this helped, it was temporary. Chiropractic treatment helped me a lot and within 6 months I was free of pain and back playing football. Since then I have visited Dr Loatey for treatment on my back, knee and also my ankle where I had severe plantarfacitis issues. Truly a great service and treatment on every occasion, I am in my 40s and still playing football twice a week and that is due to a combination of a love for the sport and down to my chiropractor. Thank you Rishi for the care, patience and treatment over the years.” Jedi Z (5 Star Google Review)