In today’s world run by technology, neck pain has become one of the most common conditions that we treat here at Capitol Chiropractic. Nearly 1 in 3 people with neck pain develop long-term, chronic issues. Don’t let your neck pain become chronic. Call us today at (217)391-5446 to schedule an appointment of fill out the form on the bottom of the page to request an appointment online.
The average adult head weighs 10-12 pounds. When you aren’t laying down, your head needs to be held up by the muscles, joints, and ligaments in your neck. Research shows that every inch forward that your neck is in front of your shoulders, there is an extra 10 pounds of stress to your neck. This means that your neck is trying to hold 30-32 pounds of pressure if your head is only 2 inches in front of your shoulders. That 3-fold increase in pressure is one of the biggest contributors to neck pain.
Neck pain typically comes from constant stress—caused by poor posture or sleeping positions–or from direct injuries. Regardless of the cause, the sooner you get evaluated and treated, the better your results. If neck pain lasts for more than 3 months, it is then considered to be a chronic pain. Chronic pain not only takes longer to heal, but also will often never be completely cured. Determining the cause of neck pain is crucial to proper treatment. In the neck, has joints, muscles, ligaments, and discs that can all be injured. Pain caused by each of these has subtle differences that we at Capitol Chiropractic specialize in so we can create a treatment plan to get you better as quickly as possible.
At Capitol Chiropractic Health Center, we are experts in diagnosing and treating all causes of neck pain. We specialize in healing all causes of neck pain, so call us today at (217)391-5446 to schedule your exam and consultation today.
Common Causes of Neck Pain in Springfield, IL
Subluxation (bones out of proper alignment)
Chiropractors specialize in locating and correcting subluxations in the neck. Spinal bones being out of alignment can cause pressure on nearby spinal nerves. This can cause pain in the neck, head, or even a variety of issues into the arms and hands. Exercises, stretches, and medication can help with neck pain, but none of those will correct misalignment in the neck. In Springfield, Illinois, chiropractors are the only doctors able to correct subluxation in the spine safely and effectively. Chiropractic adjustments are performed using specific tools or the doctor’s hands to quickly correct misalignments. They often provide instant relief for subluxation related neck pain.
Osteoarthritis is often referred to as “wear and tear” of the bones and joints. It takes a long time to develop—many years, but can be sped up by injuries, poor posture, and inactivity. Regular, consistent movement and use (but avoiding overuse) is the best way to prevent osteoarthritis. This is the condition that causes bone spurs. Bone spurs, if in the wrong place, can cause irritation to nerves in the neck and cause neck pain. Both chiropractic adjustments and regular corrective exercise are necessary to properly treat osteoarthritis
Tech neck is a relatively new term that refers to neck pain resulting from looking down at electronic devices or working at a desk for too long. It’s no wonder is such a pervasive issue since the average person today spends over 4 hours on their cell phone. Just like all forms of poor posture, tech neck increases stress on the neck. The doctors at Capitol Chiropractic specialize in improving posture and alleviating neck pain that stems from Tech Neck.
Bulging or Herniated Discs
Between each bone in the neck is a disc that is vulnerable to injury. Discs cand be damaged or displaced from injuries of from chronic increased stress and/or poor posture. Disc damage usually cause neck pain, but they also cause pain referral into the upper back or into the arm/hand. Not only can disc damage cause pain, they can also press on nerves as cause numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to fix a disc herniation, so it is important to address the problem as quickly as possible in order to avoid surgery.
Whiplash is a common injury to the neck in which the neck “whips” backward after a quick forward movement or vice-versa. In Springfield, Illinois, this happens most frequently during a car accident. This type of injury damage ligaments in the neck and results in pain and decreased range of motion. Whiplash must be addressed immediately because it will lead to permanent damage if unchecked. Chiropractic is the most effective treatment for whiplash.
If I have neck pain in Springfield, Illinois, should I see a chiropractor?
Yes! Chiropractic is the safest, and most effective treatment for neck pain when properly performed by a licensed chiropractic physician. Here at Capitol Chiropractic we have 3 licensed chiropractic physicians that specialize in diagnosing and treating neck pain.
When should you see a chiropractor for neck pain?
The best time to see a chiropractor when you have neck pain is as quickly as possible. By the time you are experiencing neck pain, the problem has usually already existed for some time. So, it is important to address the problem now before it turns into a more severe issue.
Is it okay to pop my own neck?
It is never recommended that you try pop your own neck. Forcing your neck into certain movements can cause damage to your ligaments, muscles, and joints. If your neck pops when moving through a normal range of motion without any strain, that could be helpful and will not cause damage. Licensed, professionally trained chiropractors like the doctors at Capitol Chiropractic Health Center should be the only people to adjust the neck to alleviate neck pain.
Are chiropractors covered by my insurance for neck pain?
Chiropractic care is covered by most insurance plans. As a service to our patients and prospective patients, we will check your insurance benefits for you. Any questions you have can be answered by our accounts manager, Nancy.
How should I sleep with neck pain?
The most important thing is to keep the neck supported and in a position that allows for proper alignment. Sleeping on your side or on your back are both acceptable, and you should always have a pillow in contact with your neck—not just your head. Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended, especially if you are experiencing neck pain.