Healing Therapy for Neck Pain in Greensboro

Neck pain, along with back pain, is one of the most common complaints that our patients have. The pain can range from a mild ache to neck pain that is completely debilitating, making it difficult to function on a daily basis. When you are experiencing neck pain or a stiff neck, you may have difficulty moving it, especially turning to the left or right. If your neck pain involves the nerves in that area, you may feel tingling, numbness or weakness in your shoulder, arm or hand.

Unfortunately, neck pain doesn’t go away. If you are only experiencing mild neck pain now, it’s important to pay attention to what your body is telling you. We encourage you to seek high quality chiropractic care immediately to prevent your condition from worsening or becoming permanent.

At Liringis Chiropractic, we take a natural, therapeutic approach to healing your neck pain. Whether your neck pain is occasional, frequent or chronic, it’s important to seek help from a chiropractic physician. No matter the cause of your neck pain, the chiropractic doctors at Liringis Chiropractic will get to the root cause of your symptoms to provide you with chiropractic neck pain relief to help your body begin to heal.

How Will You Diagnose My Neck Pain?

When you arrive for your first visit, you’ll meet with your chiropractic physician and we will record your medical history. We’ll need to know how long you’ve been experiencing your neck pain, as well as the location of the pain, the frequency, duration, intensity, and the presence of any radiating pain. This knowledge will help us to understand everything that is going on with your body and help us to determine the best course of treatment for you.

We’ll perform a physical exam that includes palpitations, and note the function of your neck and any occurrence of neck pain in different positions. We will also look for any aggravating or relieving factors while your neck is both at rest and in motion. If further testing is needed, you may need an x-ray, CAT scan, MRI scan, bone scan, a myelogram, or electrical tests, such as electromyography (EMG) or nerve conduction velocity test (NCV).

Causes of Neck Pain

Neck pain can result from a variety of diseases and disorders, and can encompass any of the bones, tissues, ligaments, and nerves in the neck.

Neck pain often originates from a traumatic injury, such as a car accident. An auto accident may force the head and neck violently from side to side or forward and back. Neck pain can also be the result of everyday habits like sleeping in bed or lying on the couch in a poor position. A lack of proper head and neck support while sleeping can result in neck pain.

The following conditions can contribute to neck pain and discomfort:

  • Whiplash
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Ruptured disc
  • Small fracture of the spine
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neck strain
  • Cervical arthritis (spondylosis)
  • Pinched nerve
  • Lymph node (gland) swelling
  • Viral infection of the throat
  • Tuberculosis of the neck
  • Meningitis
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Sprains, strains
  • Infection in the spine or neck
  • Cancer in the spine or neck area

Neck pain can also be the result or misuse, trauma or injuries:

  • Participating in contact sports
  • Suffering an auto accident
  • Hunched over a desk or workbench for extended periods
  • Uncomfortable sleeping position
  • Frequent/excessive cell phone use
  • Poor posture while reading or watching TV
  • Partaking in bull/bronco riding
  • Positioning your computer monitor too high or too low
  • Twisting or turning your neck in a jarring manner during exercise or other activity

Neck Pain Symptoms

Many people who suffer from neck pain experience a dull ache or sometimes a shooting pain. Neck pain can be made worse by turning your head or holding it in the wrong position.

The following symptoms are associated with neck pain:

  • Tingling
  • Tenderness
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Numbness
  • Throbbing
  • Pulsations
  • Sharp pain
  • Shooting pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sounds in the head
  • Lymph node (gland) swelling

If your neck pain is nerve-related, it can also be accompanied by headaches, shoulder pain, facial pain, and arm numbness or tingling. These symptoms can occur due to a pinched nerve in your neck. Some conditions can also have associated back pain (upper back or lower back) if the spine is inflamed.

Neck pain resulting from a misalignment of the spine in the neck area can produce headaches, muscle spasms, or severe shoulder pain.

Neck Structure and Neck Pain

Your neck is comprised of seven vertebrae that support the full weight of your head. Between each of the vertebrae are soft discs that cushion them movement of the vertebrae. You also have the spinal cord that leads to your brain, other nerves, ligaments, muscle, arteries, veins, lymph nodes, the thyroid gland, esophagus, larynx, trachea, and tissue. Issues with any of these structures in the neck can lead to neck pain.

Can My Neck Pain Be Healed?

Most cases of neck pain can be resolved with regular therapeutic adjustments and consistent chiropractic care. The cause of your neck pain determines our ability to reduce or eliminate your pain. Your chiropractic doctor will recommend a treatment plan for you to follow between your appointments, including rehabilitation and re-injury prevention techniques.

The following at-home therapies may be recommended for neck pain

  • Rest
  • Heat application
  • Cold application
  • Topical treatments
  • Jacuzzi
  • Muscle relaxant
  • Warm showers
  • Less strenuous motion
  • Stretches
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Massage
  • Neck pillow, neck collar
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Change of sleeping habits
  • Minor physical therapy

At Liringis Chiropractic, we’ll take gentle care in providing adjustments to give you chiropractic neck pain relief, heal you, and help you feel better. If you are experiencing neck pain, do not hesitate to contact the team at Liringis Chiropractic as soon as possible. We are here to help you get your life back.