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Treat Your Pain in the Neck

Treat Your Pain in the NeckNeck-Pain

Neck pain is a common complaint to many in our society. The cervical spine serves an important function—it supports the full weight of the head, which weighs on average about 12 pounds, and can move the head in nearly every direction. This flexibility, however, makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury.
 
Extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and everyday wear and tear can all cause neck injuries and discomfort. 

Causes of Neck Pain
Injury and Accidents
• A sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction and the resulting “rebound” in the opposite direction is known as whiplash. The sudden “whipping” motion injures the surrounding and supporting tissues of the neck and head. As a result, muscles tighten and contract, creating muscle fatigue, pain and stiffness. 
• Severe whiplash can also be associated with injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots. 
 
Degenerative Diseases
• Osteoarthritis, a common joint disorder, causes progressive deterioration of cartilage. The body reacts by forming bone spurs that affect joint motion.
• Spinal stenosis causes the narrowing of small nerve passageways in the vertebrae, which compress and trap nerve roots, leading to neck, shoulder, and arm pain, as well as numbness. 
• Degenerative disc disease can lead to reduced elasticity and height of intervertebral discs. Over time, a disc may bulge or herniate, causing tingling, numbness, and pain that runs into the arm.

Daily Life
• Poor posture, obesity and weak abdominal muscles often disrupt spinal balance, causing the neck to bend forward to compensate.
• Stress and emotional tension can cause muscles to tighten and contract, resulting in pain and stiffness, which may extend into the upper back and the arms.
 
Examination 
• After performing exams to locate the source of neck pain and asking questions about the symptoms and remedies you may have already tried, the doctor of chiropractic will do physical and neurological exams.
• The physical exam helps the doctor observe the patient’s posture, range of motion, and physical condition, noting movement that causes pain. The doctor will also feel the cervical spine for muscle spasm and will note the curvature and alignment of the spine. 
• During the neurological exam, your doctor will test your reflexes, muscle strength, other nerve changes, and pain spread. 
• In some instances, diagnostic tests may be required. An X-ray can show narrowed disc space, fractures, bone spurs or arthritis. A Computerized Axial Tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) or a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test can show bulging discs and herniations. If nerve damage is suspected, an electromyography (EMG) test will measure how quickly the nerves respond.
 
Neck Adjustments & Rehabilitation
• A neck adjustment works to improve the mobility of the spine and to restore range of motion; it can also increase movement of the adjoining muscles. Patients typically notice an improved ability to turn and tilt the head, and a reduction of pain, soreness and stiffness.
• The neck care program may combine more than one type of treatment, depending on your personal needs. In addition to manipulation, the treatment plan may include mobilization, massage, traction or rehabilitative exercises, and other therapies.

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Dr. Nick is great!!! I always thought Chiropractors were quacks, I was GREATLY mistaken!! I have had some neck issues and back issues over the years and my regular doctor has only prescribed me muscle relaxors, which only masked the pain. I don't like taking them, because I don't like taking drugs and the sluggish effects they bring you. I have taken these muscles relaxors and still have the same problems, nothing had been resolved! I am a very active person and I don't choose to be taking all this medication and having the horrible side effects and left with the same problem. Going to Dr. Nick has been amazing! He has really helped me and helped with the pain and has effectively solved my issues and has brought back the moblity to my neck and back! I am back to all the activities I have not been able to do prior! He is very easy to talk to and is a great listener and he has given me great exercises to do along with the treatment. My pain has ceased and I feel great!! I strongly reccommend Dr. Nick and will continue to refer him to everyone I can!----J.P.

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Dr. Venuti and his staff are incredible.  They are friendly, professional, and really LISTEN to your concerns.  They really work as a team to treat your muscle/spine issues.  I used to be skeptical of chiropractic care, but not anymore!----S.V.

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