Neck Pain Specialist
Neck pain can be a nagging and frustrating problem. Foster City, CA residents can turn to Dr. Rebecca Wilson at Integral Chiropractic for expert treatment that will target the problem right at its source to make sure that long-term relief can be achieved.
Why Does Neck Pain Occur?
There are a number of reasons that neck pain occurs. Dr. Wilson and her team at Integral Chiropractic have noticed a growing trend of patients suffering from “text neck.” This painful condition is due to the ever increasing amount of time that people spend with their necks either bent over their phones or tablets or hunched over a desk while working on a computer. These awkward positions and repetitive motions strain the neck resulting in aches and pains. Historically, the most common reason for neck pain was from accidents such as car accidents, sports accidents, and slip and fall accidents. Whiplash is a common accidents related injury, and neck pain is the main symptom of this condition. Sometimes, neck pain may occur because of degeneration of the cervical spinal column, something that may happen as a person ages. Poor posture can lead to neck pain, especially if it is a chronic habit. Being overweight may even lead to neck pain in a roundabout way. When the body has to deal with excess weight, it pulls the spine out of its proper position, and the impact travels all the way up to the neck.
What Will a Chiropractic Consultation for Neck Pain Include?
The chiropractor will need to learn as much as possible about the patient’s neck pain before starting treatment. This involves not only a gentle hands-on examination but also an in-depth discussion. The chiropractor will ask the patient to describe the neck pain, and to point out the exact area of the neck pain. Patients will also be asked to rate the pain on a scale to help the chiropractor better understand the pain intensity. Often, neck pain can radiate into other areas such as the shoulders. The chiropractor will ask whether the pain radiates, and if so, where it moves to.
How Does the Chiropractor Treat Neck Pain?
Neck pain is treated in several different ways at the chiropractor’s office. A hands-on spinal alignment will help correct not only neck pain but also other issues that may be happening due to the spinal misalignment. This alignment can alleviate pain, lower inflammation and improve range of motion in the neck. Other treatments that may be helpful can include moist heat treatment, ice therapy, and electrical muscle stimulation. Treatment may also include education and exercises to improve posture while sitting at a desk as well as standing and moving.