It's hard to concentrate or even muster the energy to participate in the activities you usually enjoy when your neck hurts. Although pain relievers may make your symptoms easier to tolerate, medications often cause unwanted side effects. Chiropractic treatments target the source of your pain, allowing you to reduce or stop pain medication. Our Everett, WA, chiropractor, Dr. Christopher Keezer, provides effective, natural treatments designed to reduce and relieve neck pain.
Determining the cause of your pain
Neck pain has a variety of causes, including:
- The Way You Hold Your Neck: Poor posture when standing or sitting can stress your muscles and the vertebrae in your neck, causing pain. If you use your cell phone to text or surf the web, you may be more likely to experience pain due to the stress placed on your neck when you look down at your digital device.
- Trauma: Vehicular accidents and falls can cause neck pain, particularly if you develop whiplash.
- Spinal Conditions: Neck pain can be caused by arthritis, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, and other conditions that affect the neck and spine.
Finding the source of your pain is the first step in devising an effective chiropractic treatment plan. Your Everett chiropractor will ask you questions about your symptoms, work, lifestyle, and hobbies and review your medical history during your first appointment. He'll also perform an examination and may order diagnostic tests, such as X-rays. This information will help him decide which chiropractic treatments will be most effective in treating the source of your neck pain.
Treating neck pain
Spinal manipulation may be part of your treatment plan if you have neck pain. Manipulation involves using gentle, manual pressure to correct alignment issues in the vertebrae of your neck and spine. Misalignments can stress muscles and irritate nerves, causing or worsening pain. In addition to reducing pain, manipulations also increase the range of motion and promote healing.
Your chiropractor may recommend other helpful treatments, such as massage to relax tight muscles and improve blood flow. TRACTION and Cold Laser Therapy can help reduce pain, improve circulation, and speed healing.
Relieve your neck pain with chiropractic treatment. Call our Everett, WA, chiropractor, Dr. Keezer, at (425) 259-3700 to schedule your appointment.