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Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common problem that affects about 50-70% of all Americans at some point in their lives. Our neck contains 7 small vertebrae that are responsible for holding the entire weight of our heads which is on average about 12 pounds. It also protects the nerves that carry information form the brain to the rest of the body.

Because the neck has to be so flexible to allow the head to turn in all directions, it can be fairly easy to injure the neck. One of the most common causes of neck pain is whiplash, also known as a neck strain or sprain. This refers to any soft tissue injury due to a sudden flexion or extension of the neck. Most cases of whiplash occur because of car accidents, but the condition can be caused by any, trauma to the neck like a fall or a sports injury. Symptoms from whiplash and most neck injuries include neck stiffness and soreness, headaches, dizziness, burning sensation, and pain into the shoulder, arms and back. It may take several hours or days for symptoms to occur with a neck injury. It is imperative to seek chiropractic treatment as soon as possible after the injury occurs to avoid chronic problems.

Other causes of neck pain include poor posture, and repetitive strain. Changing the way your workstation is set up at the office and at home can help prevent neck pain. Make sure your compute screen is at eye level and your chair is at the right height for your desk to avoid extra strain. Also, try using a headset whenever talking on the phone to keep form tilting your head. Age and overall wear and tear on the body also are factors to neck pain.

By getting regular chiropractic checkups, maintaining an exercise routine, and avoiding excess stress can all help to maintain a healthy body and neck.

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