Neck pain is one of the most debilitating conditions patients can deal with in Fort Collins. Neck pain can trigger painful and decreased movement in other areas of the body including the head, arms, shoulders, and back. Neck pain is a contributing factor for headaches and migraines, and can cause limited mobility for the whole body. This immobility can result in the muscles of the neck becoming weak and degenerating over time.
Causes of Fort Collins Neck Pain
While the neck is a fairly small part of the body, it contains intricate structures necessary for holding up the head. The vertebrae of the neck are small, which allows for increased mobility, but this also makes them more susceptible to injury and pain. Neck pain is frequently caused by:
- Improper sleeping positions
- Trauma, such as whiplash
- Poor posture
- Chronic stress
- Joint problems
- Abnormalities in the structure of the bone
- Muscle strains
Generally, these issues are caused by a misalignment of the spine. When muscles spasm, it causes the spine to be pulled out of alignment, which then results in the nerves becoming irritated, along with a variety of other systemic problems. Every nerve is rooted in the spinal column, so misalignments of the cervical (neck) vertebrae, can cause serious problems throughout other areas of the body. Ignoring these misalignments of the spine can lead to increased pain, damaged muscles, and in serious cases, patients may require surgery to correct the problem.
Conventional vs. Holistic Treatments
People suffering with Fort Collins neck pain often turn to over-the-counter or prescription pain medication to combat their symptoms. While this may relieve pain temporarily, it fails to address the underlying issue. Some patients may benefit from massage therapy if the problem lies in the muscles, but for patients with injuries in the bones or joints, it is important to seek out chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic treatment is a holistic practice which targets the structural problem causing neck pain. Through gentle adjustments, your chiropractor can reposition the spine, reducing pain and helping you improve your overall health. If you are in need of Fort Collins neck pain treatment, contact us at Advanced Healthcare to schedule an appointment for chiropractic care.