Neck Pain Q & A
What Exactly Causes Neck Pain?
Neck pain can be caused by many different things. Old age, illness, and injury can cause the pain. Some specific causes include:
- Herniated disks in the neck
- Pulled neck muscles
- Poor posture
How Is It Treated?
Healthcare providers have several different ways to treat neck pain. Depending on a patient’s exact symptoms, a provider might recommend any of the following:
- Using cold packs or hot packs on the neck
- Taking over-the-counter medication to manage the pain
- Going through massage therapy to relax the neck muscles
- Addressing spinal misalignments with chiropractic adjustments
- Fixing the patient’s posture
Some severe cases of pain call for surgery but surgery is reserved as a final option and usually not necessary. Often, the non-invasive procedures listed above are able to effectively treat a patient’s neck pain. Because non-invasive procedures cost less, have lower complication rates, and don’t usually require a hospital stay, they’re preferable to surgery.
Which Healthcare Providers Treat Neck Pain?
Both chiropractors and medical doctors are able to treat the pain. Doctors often use medicine and surgery to reduce neck pain, while chiropractors focus on natural and non-invasive treatments. Chiropractic adjustments take just a few minutes to do, are effective, and don’t involve any surgery. Massage therapy and posture correction are two other non-invasive treatment options that many chiropractors offer.
Who Should See a Chiropractor?
Anyone who has pain can benefit from an appointment with a chiropractor. A lot of the training that chiropractors go through focuses on the musculoskeletal system. They’re extremely familiar with the spine and neck muscles, and they’re able to diagnose most causes of neck pain. They’re also able to treat many causes. In the rare instance that they can’t provide a treatment, they’ll refer a patient to a medical doctor.