The neck bears the weight of the head and is responsible for turning, twisting, and bending in order to look in different directions. A pain in the neck can be the result of a pinched nerve or a herniated disc. This is when the vertebrae shifts out of alignment and pushes on the nerves in the neck. When this happens it can cause pain to radiate from the neck into the upper back and the arms. Vertebrae can shift out of alignment from:
Some of the more common reasons for neck pain can be prevented by using a few simple techniques. These can include:
Treatment for neck pain through the multidisciplinary practice of DMC Healthcare works on treating the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and bones that support the neck and allow movement. After an examination determines the direct root cause of your neck pain a specific treatment plan can be created to address your symptoms. Some of these treatments can include:
Medication – Prescription medications may be used to reduce inflammation, relax muscles, and relieve pain.
Massage Therapy –Myofascial release, by using a TENS unit, an electrical stimulation machine, pain in the muscles due to inflammation and tension can be alleviated.
Spinal Manipulation – Adjustments of the vertebrae in the neck can put the body back in proper alignment allowing its natural healing ability to take over.
Physical therapy and exercise - Your orthopedist might refer you to a physical therapist who will customize a program of stretching and strengthening to relieve your neck pain and help prevent future problems.
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