How We Help Neck Pain In Sacramento
Neck pain is a frequent complaint of patients contacting our Sacramento chiropractic office for help. Sacramento chiropractor, Dr. Jeri Anderson comments: “I’ve helped quite a few patients with neck pain over the past 20 year; but sadly, I would have to say that the rate of neck pain in our Sacramento community has gone up, not down.”
Why? You might ask? The number one culprit is likely the increased use of computers, video games, PDAs and cell phones which can allow people to crane their necks into awkward positions for hours on end. “Teaching patients about proper ergonomics is a key part of their care”, according to Dr. Jeri.
In order to help a patient with neck pain effectively, Dr. Jeri has identified several areas that must be addressed:
- Listen to the patient and carefully examine the neck to find out what is causing the pain in the first place. Little hinges swing big doors. In other words, rather than broadly masking neck pain with drugs, medications or injections, find out exactly where to problem lies and address the fundamental issue.
Often joints in the neck will be locked up or restricted, causing pain, inflammation, stiffness and a lack of mobility. Because the spine works as a functional whole, these restricted areas of the neck can cause other areas of the spine to overwork, leading to more pain and further problems.
Lack of mobility in the neck can cause the spinal discs to begin wearing out prematurely, producing degenerative disc disease, degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis (arthritis of the spine).
Additionally, the nerves exiting the neck can become inflamed causing pain, weakness, numbness, tingling and muscle spasms.
- Chiropractic is a safe and gentle way to correct the underlying, fundamental problems that are causing neck pain. It just makes sense to correct the cause of neck pain, rather than masking the problem with medications and allowing the underlying issues to continue to breakdown the spine.
Often, years of bad habits have created problems in the neck slowly and without much notice. In our Sacramento health solutions practice we recognize that few patients have ever been taught anything useful about preventing neck pain and neck injuries in the first place.
- Education and exercises are a huge part of preventing future neck pain. For our Sacramento area patients that are interested in learning, we teach them how to take care of their spines on a day in and day out basis through a simple, one-time class that we call Spinal University. These are powerful tools to stop the cycle of neck pain.
Got neck pain in Sacramento? For neck pain help, call Sacramento chiropractor Capitol Chiropractic at (916) 368-1600.
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