See how our offices in Arlington Heights, IL, can help you with neck pain.
What is Neck Pain?
Neck pain is the pain associated with the neck and the adjoining areas. Inflammation, injury, or any abnormalities could cause neck stiffness or pain. Neck pain and stiffness is a relatively common issue but one that cannot be ignored.
Generally, it is not a serious ailment and could be relieved in days – either through some treatment or on its own. For self-healing, an adequate amount of rest is essential. The healing process, however, can be accelerated through external interventions.
In other scenarios, neck pain could signify a major illness or injury and must be looked at or treated under a chiropractor’s supervision. Neck pain can be considered “severe” if it persists for a week or more. Such neck pain is often accompanied by a few other symptoms or complications that warrant the experts’ immediate attention.
The Neck – Structure, and Significance
The human neck (cervical spine) is vertebrae spanning the distance between the skull and the upper torso.
The bones, neck muscles, and ligaments support the head and permit motion. The connecting bones have cervical discs, which absorb shock in the region. The neck joins the chest and shoulders to the head.
Undoubtedly, the neck is one of the most intricate and complex structures in the human body. It also consists of the spinal cord that transmits messages to the various parts of the body from the brain.
The neck is responsible for multiple crucial roles, including spinal cord protection, head support, and blood flow to the brain.
Neck Pain Could Signal a Heart Attack
As alluded to above, you cannot afford to take neck pain lightly as the issue could be a precursor to a heart attack. Heart attack-signaling neck pain, however, has a few other signs accompanying, which include:
- Breath shortness
- Jaw or arm pain
Therefore, if your neck hurts and none of those mentioned above symptoms show, you can be pretty confident your heart is doing fine. If you show all or some of the signs above, do not panic and seek care immediately.
The Signs and Symptoms of Neck Pain
The symptoms of neck pain or injury are usually noticeable. Those could be in direct correlation with the neck or rooted in some other part of the body.
The most obvious symptoms and signs include:
- Pain in the neck that gets worsened when you hold your head in a particular place or way for extended periods, such as when working at the desk or driving.
- Tightness in the neck’s muscles and spams.
- Decreased head mobility or neck stiffness, which prevents the head from turning sideways.
- Headaches. At times, a neck irritation could affect the nerves and muscles linked to the head. Specific types of neck pain-signaling headaches include cervicogenic headache, tension headache, and occipital neuralgia.
If these neck pain symptoms persist, sleeping will become problematic. The pain could also come in the way of several daily activities, which include getting dressed, heading to work, and driving.
What are the Causes of Neck Pain?
Neck pain, as mentioned before, is a relatively common condition – especially in the current day and age of laptops and smartphones that push people into hunching over.
In other words, poor posture is one of the biggest reasons for neck pain. Neck pain can also be due to an injury caused by a fall, whiplash, or contact sports.
Poor posture hurts because it strains the muscles in the neck region and causes tension. Besides staying glued to a mobile device, bad posture can also be due to:
- Working for too long at a desk and not changing position.
- Wrong neck position while sleeping.
- Exerting too much or unnecessary pressure on the neck while training.
- Gritting your teeth or reading in bed.
The neck is quite a flexible part of the human body. It is also relatively defenseless against injuries – particularly the ones caused due to auto accidents, physical sports, etc.
When an external force hits your neck, its ligaments and muscles get pushed into abnormality. Things truly turn scary when the cervical vertebrae (neck bones) are ruptured in the process. Damaged bones in the neck could cause spinal cord damage.
Rear-end car collisions usually lead to whiplash injury, caused due to the backward and forward jerking of the head. The sudden movement of the head strains the neck’s soft tissues.
Specific Medical Conditions
Besides a heart attack, a few other medical conditions could have caused your neck pain.
- Meningitis or the inflammation of the tissue surrounding your spinal cord and brain can be a cause. The neck grows stiff in individuals who have meningitis. A headache and fever also tag along.
- Rheumatoid arthritis can affect your neck, causing pain as a result.
- Osteoporosis, the bone-weakening disorder, could also hurt your neck and cause pain.
- Fibromyalgia can cause muscle pain in your shoulder and neck region.
- Spondylosis or the degenerating of cervical discs with age could reduce the vertebrae area, causing neck pain and stress in the joints.
- Due to an injury or trauma, a disk protrusion could add some pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord, causing neck pain in the process. Referred to as herniated cervical disk, the condition is also called a slipped or ruptured disk.
- Spinal stenosis can also cause pain in the neck. The condition is essentially the spinal column’s narrowing, causing pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord as it leaves the vertebrae. Spinal stenosis could be the result of chronic inflammation caused by conditions such as arthritis.
In a few other instances, neck pain or stiffness could be caused by congenital abnormalities, abscesses, infections, tumors, or even spine cancer.
And at times, you could feel severe pain in the neck without any of the aforementioned underlying conditions to show. It would have been due to age-related wear and tear. Neck joints, in other words, wear down with time.
Hawkeye Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain
As mentioned above, neck pain is not a rare condition, nor is it fatal. But it is hampering nonetheless, and when not treated, it could turn into something significantly more severe.
At Hawkeye Chiropractic, we treat your neck pain by first physically examining the region and learning everything about your medical history. Our expert team, headed by Dr. Drw Voelsch, will look into all of the possible causes of your neck pain, including looking at your spinal alignment and your posture.
We conduct a series of imaging tests and studies to learn more about your neck and its grievances. The tomography tools and procedures employed include:
- Blood tests
- MRI scans
- CT scans
- Lumbar puncture
Neck pain treatment or therapy for any other condition depends a lot on the diagnosis. We, therefore, do not rush through the diagnosis or do not proceed to the treatment stage unless the cause(s) has been properly established.
Once the results have arrived, a treatment plan is devised. The following are some of the many kinds of cervical (neck) conditions Hawkeye Chiropractic can treat:
- Cervical intervertebral disc injury
- Cervical sprain injury
- Facet joint sprain
- Degenerative neck joint syndrome
Religiously adhering to chiropractic tenets, we do not employ medications or any invasive techniques for treatment.
Hawkeye Chiropractic believes in holistic treatment. Besides focusing on the neck, its adjoining areas, and the root causes, we also educate you on stress management, nutrition, lifestyle goals, etc., to comprehensively treat your neck pain and prevent it from arising in the future.
Treatment for Neck Pain in Arlington Heights, IL
If you stay in and around Arlington Heights and need neck pain treatment in Arlington Heights, IL for yourself or someone you know, visit us at our Arlington Heights office. We are located at 1401 S Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights.
Hawkeye Chiropractic has been in Arlington Heights for more than a decade (since 2009). During these years, we have treated people for all kinds of neck pain from and around Arlington Heights, including the following regions:
- Rolling Meadows
- Des Plaines
- Mt Prospect
- Elk Grove Village
There is pretty much no part of the Northwestern Suburbs that we haven’t catered to. People who have learned about us via the Internet or through friends and family visit us for their neck pain and various other musculoskeletal concerns from across the region.
The following are our office hours, for your convenience:
- Monday and Friday: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
- Tuesday: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
- Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 AM to 1:00PM & 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Kindly give us a call at (847) 472-1224 before coming by to confirm availability or ensure a doctor is readily available to offer service. You can also fax us at (847) 472-1193. Use the number to book an appointment with us and ask us questions about the treatment or put forward any doubts you may have about the procedure or chiropractic in general.
If you have little to no idea about the practice, use the opportunity to good effect. Do not worry about asking us too many questions at any point. The more informed you are about chiropractic, the more receptive you’ll be toward the treatment, which will only make our job easier and effective.
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No More Dealing with a Stiff, Painful Neck!
Often, neck pain treatment is mainly giving rest to your neck muscles and practicing good posture. At Hawkeye Chiropractic, we teach you the right neck postures and how to work with the region’s muscles.
As mentioned above, neck pain is not necessarily a debilitating condition, but how you approach it may ascertain the kind of impact it has on you and your life. Let us take a look at your aching neck before it becomes “a real pain in the neck”.
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