Your neck has a very important job. Made up of seven tiny vertebrae, your neck is responsible for supporting your head’s weight. Most people’s heads weigh between 10 to 12 pounds. This is very heavy considering that the neck is supporting this weight full time. Combine the amount of strain the neck endures when you are sitting for a long period of time and it is easy to see why more patients are seeking chiropractor for neck pain relief.
Your neck also allows the head to rotate in almost every direction. This can add to the amount of stress the neck undergoes. All of the responsibility that the neck has often results in patients feeling neck strain and stiffness.
Chronic Neck Pain
Patients often seek chiropractor for neck pain relief after they have suffered with persistent neck pain for a period of time. Neurological symptoms often begin to develop and these symptoms can be:
- Feeling of ‘pins and needles’
Many times these symptoms are not even felt in the neck. Patients often report these feelings in their arms and/or fingertips. However, if you begin to notice these symptoms, it can be an indication that the problem you have with your neck is slowly becoming worse. The first sign is usually stiffness and then sharp pain follows. If you do not get treated for your neck problems, pain can eventually radiate in other parts of the body.
How Medical Doctors Treat Neck Pain
Although your neck pain may be bothering you a lot, a visit with a medical doctor will more than likely leave you even more frustrated. A medical doctor may order a series of tests including x-rays and prescribe you medication that will not treat the problem, only mask the discomfort you are having.
If the doctor does find an issue with your neck, he or she will probably schedule surgery. This is a risky option and should only be considered as a last resort due to the long recovery process. By choosing surgery, you eliminate treatments that may be more effective.
Chiropractor for Neck Pain Consultation
A chiropractic consultation includes answering several questions from the chiropractor who will use your health background and physical examination results to diagnose your problem and come up with a treatment plan.
Chiropractor for neck pain relief often includes a neck adjustment. This is a chiropractic treatment that that is very specific and precise in nature. It will help to alleviate any pain or discomfort you may be feeling.
Dr. Renee White is a chiropractor in Alpharetta, Georgia. Make an appointment with her office today and see how getting chiropractic treatment for your neck pain can help to restore your health.