Neck pain is caused by a variety of reasons and most people don’t realize how much their neck pain affects them during the day. Trauma from whiplash or other injuries cause sprains and strain in the neck muscles and damage to the spine. However, most people with neck pain do not know how or why they are experiencing neck pain. The degree of flexibility of the neck, coupled with the fact that it has the least amount of muscular stabilization and it has to support your 14-16 pound head, make it very susceptible to injury. Picture your head and neck like a bowling ball being held on top of a stick with small, thin, elastic bands. It doesn’t take much force to disrupt that delicate balance.
A large majority of us at some point in life have experienced a “kink” in the neck upon waking up that makes it difficult to turn the head. Neck pain can manifest as stiffness, soreness, discomfort, weakness, headaches, muscle spasms, ringing in the ears, etc., it has many forms and there is a reason as to why it is occurring. The extremely complex relationship of discs, joints, facets, nerves, and muscles can trigger neck problems and pain. At Keystone Physical Medicine, doctor’s work not only to relieve neck pain, but to find the root cause or source of why it is happening, and restore normal function to ultimately prevent the problem from coming back.
Dissecting neck pain a bit further, the spinal cord runs through a space in the vertebrae that send nerve impulses to every part of the body. Between each pair of cervical vertebrae, the spinal cord sends off large bundles of nerves that run down the arms, and to some degree, the upper back. This means that if your arm is hurting, it may actually be a problem in the neck! Symptoms in the arms can include numbness, tingling, cold, aching, and “pins and needles” These symptoms are often confused with carpal tunnel. Although whiplash injury is by far the most common cause of neck pain, poor posture and muscle imbalances play a large role as well. It is very easy to get into bad posture habits without even realizing it-even an activity as innocent as reading in bed can lead to pain, headaches, and more serious problems. Stress is also another indicator, when people become stressed- they unconsciously contract their muscles, causing neck pain. This ‘muscle guarding’ is a survival response designed to guard against injury. Muscle imbalances result in some muscles becoming overly tight, and some overly weak placing extra stress on the muscles in the back of the neck.
The Best Approach is an Integrated Approach
Whether your pain stems from whiplash in a car accident, injury, sports, stress, posture, whatever the case may be- Keystone Physical Medicine is dedicated to finding that root cause(s) of your neck pain and making sure it doesn’t return. We treat a wide range of injuries and pain from the neck, back, and extremities. We see acute injuries such as strains and sprains as well as chronic, and degenerate conditions. Chiropractor, Dr. Cory Sartin will often diagnose and associate the neck and upper back together, because most of the muscles that are associated with neck pain either attach to, or are located in, the upper back. These muscles include the trapezius, the levator scapulae, the cervical paraspinal muscles and the scalenes, as well as others. We also work hand in hand with personal injury attorneys and patients of auto accidents with severe injuries from whiplash.
Our integrated model sets us apart by combining a team that incorporates Chiropractic care, Physical Rehab, Pain Management and Massage Therapy to help you achieve optimal results. We are home to some of the finest Physicians in the Valley and each patient has a team of Doctors working together to form a customized treatment plan to address your pain or problem. Thorough examination and consultation along with X-rays allow Doctors to come up with the best plan of action. We want to find what is causing you pain, eliminate that pain by restoring function, and get you feeling better so you can get back to your normal life! Come see us and get your neck pain taken care of for good.