Usually, neck pain is not severe and may go away with time. However, the situation may worsen, needing a doctor’s help. Experts recommend seeking medical attention if you experience persistent neck pain for over a week.
Causes of Neck Pain
Neck pain is commonly caused by:
- Muscle strains – Muscle strains occur when you take too long working at your desk or computer without changing position, pinching your neck while doing exercise, poor positioning of your neck while sleeping, and poor posture.
- Injuries – Slip and fall and car accident injuries can dislocate bones and hurt neck muscles, leading to severe neck pain. The injuries can also cause whiplash discomfort, making you immobile. In addition, the damage to the neck bones may also damage the spinal cord leading to severe complications.
- Infections – Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis can also cause neck pain. Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation of the joints around the neck area, leading to neck pain. Osteoporosis may also weaken the neck bone, causing pain.
- Fibromyalgia – Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition that causes muscle pain in the neck and other areas of the body. The disease is caused by physical and emotional stress, injuries, and infections. Weakness, depression, poor concentration, and muscle cramps are some signs of fibromyalgia.
What to Expect During Neck Pain Treatment
When you arrive at our facility in Jonesboro, GA, our team of specialists will conduct a physical exam along with imaging tests, such as X-ray tests, to identify the exact pain points and prescribe the appropriate neck pain treatment for your needs.
Depending on your condition, the doctor may use myofascial release therapy to relax muscles and improve circulation to enhance mobility and relieve your pain. The doctor may also perform chiropractic neck adjustments to relax the joints of the neck’s cervical vertebrae to reduce pain from muscle spasms and strained nerves.