Your neck, or cervical spine, features a complex network of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and vertebrae. Although these tissues are incredibly tough, they aren’t invincible. Plus, they’re responsible for carrying the weight of your skull, which weighs an average of 12 pounds. If you regularly suffer from neck pain, chiropractic care can ease your symptoms. To make an appointment at Mountain View Chiropractic in Rapid City, South Dakota, with expert chiropractor Josh Biberdorf, DC, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Your neck consists of vertebrae that run from the base of your skull to the top of your torso. Cervical discs, or padded, cushion-like structures, absorb tension and prevent your vertebrae from running into one another. Ligaments and muscles surround your vertebrae, allowing you to look up and down and twist your head from side to side. However, any abnormalities, inflammation, or injury can cause neck pain or general stiffness to develop.
Neck pain can develop for a number of reasons. Dr. Biberdorf at Mountain View Chiropractic regularly diagnoses and treats neck pain caused by:
You’re also at a higher risk of experiencing neck pain if you have chronic musculoskeletal ailments such as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, or spinal stenosis.
Most neck pain subsides on its own using conservative measures of care like rest and light stretching. However, if your symptoms persist for longer than a week or they’re negatively interfering with your ability to go to work or participate in other regular activities, it’s important to seek professional medical help.
You might also want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Biberdorf if your neck pain is associated with:
You should also contact Dr. Biberdorf if you’re unable to touch your chin to your chest.
To diagnose the cause of your neck pain, Dr. Biberdorf reviews your medical history, asks you questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing, and performs a physical and neurological exam. Dr. Biberdorf also examines the alignment of your spine and shoulders, and checks your reflexes and muscle strength.
If these tests don’t provide adequate information, Dr. Biberdorf might also order a series of X-rays or other imaging to get a closer look at your vertebrae and musculoskeletal structure.
Chiropractic uses a noninvasive, nonchemical approach to treat neck pain. Depending on the source of your discomfort, Dr. Biberdorf might recommend a series of chiropractic adjustments using the Activator MethodⓇ.
If your pain is the result of overuse or poor posture, he might also recommend exercises to increase circulation and limit pain. He might also recommend taking vitamins and supplements to help strengthen and fortify your bones. If a fracture or other more serious injury is the source of your pain, Dr. Biberdorf can refer you to an orthopedic specialist for more intensive treatment.
If you’re tired of living with neck pain, make an appointment at Mountain View Chiropractic. Call the office or click the online booking tool today.