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My Neck Hurts: What Could Be Causing the Pain?

It’s not fun to wake up with a throbbing neck. Unfortunately, sometimes, it can’t be helped if you have underlying conditions that trigger an achy neck. The question is, do you know what specific health concern you have? More importantly, do you have any idea how you can manage or cope with the root cause of your symptom? As the leading Cape

Coral neck pain chiropractor, Dr. Means hopes to share valuable information on neck pain causes and the best remedy that thousands of patients swear by.

 

Understanding the Cervical Spine

When was the last time you paid attention to your cervical spine? Chances are, you never really thought about it until you started experiencing a throbbing or pulsating sensation on your neck and shoulders. So, how exactly does the cervical spine work? What role does it have to play in maintaining optimal health? Let’s review some facts from some studies:

  • The neck comprises several bones, including the C1 and C2 vertebrae
  • It also features several muscle fibers, connective tissues, and nerve roots
  • Besides supporting the head, the cervical spine encases delicate tissues like the cranial nerves and brainstem
  • The slightest force on your neck can dislodge the topmost bones due to their unique shape and structure.
  • Sadly, when the bones shift even by the slightest bit, they can impinge on nearby tissues and cause recurring and chronic neck pain.

 

Neck Pain Risks

Now that you have a bit of knowledge on how the cervical spine works, let’s tackle the risk factors of neck pain. Hopefully, this will help you assess your likelihood of having an achy neck and find a suitable remedy. Below is a list of neck pain risk factors, according to several case studies:

Doing repetitive movements

Repetitive movements can push the neck bones to shift from their original positions.

Lack of physical activity

A sedentary lifestyle can trigger issues that eventually lead to lingering neck pain.

Being a woman

According to a study, women are more likely to experience neck pain. This may be because women have more nerve pain receptors than men.

Age

Older people are highly susceptible to neck pain because of deteriorating discs and other comorbidities, such as diabetes, herniated discs, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Smoking

Besides causing lung problems, smoking also increases your risk for several long-term problems like decreased disc integrity and increased muscle spasms.

Alcoholism

A significant fraction of patients who suffer from severe alcoholism report intense bouts of neck pain that worsen over time.

Pinched nerve

Nerve pinching is among the leading causes of neck pain. It can quickly develop because of neck bone misalignments or sometimes inflamed muscle tissues after an injury.

Spinal tumor

About 10,000 Americans get diagnosed with metastatic spinal cord tumors, and sadly, they experience extreme neck pain and other debilitating symptoms.

Cervical subluxation

This condition refers to neck bone misalignments that result from accidents like a rear-end car collision and post-concussion.

Do you have any of the neck pain risk factors we listed above? If yes, we strongly suggest consulting with your physician or a Cape Coral neck pain chiropractor like Dr. Means. This way, you can have your condition assessed right away.

 

How to Heal a Painful Cervical Spine 

Knowing everything about your cervical spine anatomy and physiology and neck pain risk factors are just the first few steps to relieving neck pain. If you want to ensure lasting effects, you may find it helpful to get yourself acquainted with the best remedies for neck pain:

Medication

Certain medicine can reduce neck pain and muscle soreness. So, it would help if you consulted with your physician about your medication options. Some of the usual oral treatments used by people with chronic neck pain include ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, and acetaminophen.

Ice packs

Cold compress works wonders for people with achy necks. Ice or cold packs help alleviate the soreness of muscles, helping your neck recover faster from the injury. You may use cold compresses or ice packs several times a day until the swelling subsides. But, be sure to wrap the material in a thin towel to protect your skin from frostbite.

Get a massage

When was the last time you indulged yourself to a relaxing massage? If you can’t remember, you should probably book an appointment at the nearest spa. A relaxing massage will help you ease pressure on your muscles and connective tissues. It also promotes healthy blood circulation, helping your damaged tissues heal faster.

Give your body enough time to heal

If you experience severe neck pain because of an injury, we strongly suggest giving your body enough time to heal. This means you should refrain from doing activities that may cause further strain on your body. You must also take advantage of anti-inflammatory food such as fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and unsaturated fats.

Visit a Cape Coral neck pain chiropractor 

If you haven’t found a lasting source of neck pain relief just yet, you may want to try upper cervical chiropractic. It’s a highly focused technique that deals with postural imbalances in the upper neck. When you choose this remedy, you have a better shot at releasing pressure on your muscles, spinal bones, and even irritated nerve roots.

Upper cervical chiropractic uses the most gentle approach to easing the C1 and C2 bones back in their proper places. It also follows a delicate process, ensuring the safety of patients seeking help.

Contact our Cape Coral neck pain chiropractor today so you can begin achieving lasting neck pain relief. Corrective Spinal Care of Florida is open to helping you with your recurring health concern. Dr. Means is available for a quick consultation on weekdays from 8 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm.

Please visit our practice’s contact page to submit your queries or booking requests or call us at 239-766-6821.

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation, call our Cape Coral office at 239-766-6821, or you can also click the button below.

If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Helping every patient experience a life free from pain and suffering is our number one mission at our practice.

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