Neck pain from injuries, daily wear and tear, or underlying conditions make it difficult for individuals to move their head without experiencing pain and stiffness. This can make it hard to do routine activities or play sports. Patients in Manassas, Virginia, with neck pain can find relief at Acute and Wellness Chiropractic Clinic. Dr. Joe Mikluscak offers safe and effective chiropractic adjustments to relieve neck pain.

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What are common causes of neck pain?

Neck pain can occur due to damage in the upper part of the spine resulting from wear and tear on spinal discs, sports injuries, work injuries, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, and auto accident injuries like whiplash. When discs, muscles, tendons, or other parts of the upper spine are worn down or damaged, patients may experience soreness and a loss of flexibility that can linger for many weeks or even months.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

Diagnosing neck pain involves a physical exam of the affected area. This exam helps Dr. Mikluscak determine the seriousness of the pain and stiffness and the exact area of the neck that’s affected. A physical exam also reveals if a patient’s range of motion is restricted. Some patients might also require imaging tests, like X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, to reveal the extent of damage to the upper spine. These provide in-depth images of the affected part of the neck and upper spine.

What are neck pain treatments?

The type of treatment needed for neck pain relief depends on the cause and severity of the symptoms. Treatment for minor problems typically includes nonprescription pain relievers, ice or heat, and rest. Treatment for more severe pain might include prescription pain medications, a neck brace, or surgery to correct damage. Chiropractic treatment provides another option for those who don’t want to undergo surgery or take pain medication.

How does chiropractic care relieve neck pain?

Chiropractic adjustments ease neck pain by realigning the spine. When the upper part of the spine ends up being misaligned due to an injury or an illness, the affected discs have a difficult time healing. They also press on nerves in the area, which leads to neck pain. Adjusting the spine relieves pressure on the nerves and supports natural healing. Chiropractic adjustments make it possible for nutrients to get to the damaged part of the upper spine and help heal the affected discs.