Many of the same causes of lower back pain apply to upper cervical neck pain. However, there are additional causes to be considered such as whiplash, neck strain, pinched nerves and a growing epidemic called tech-neck. Tech-neck is a term that refers to the strain in your neck and shoulder muscles that develops from craning your neck down too often when you are looking at a phone, tablet, or computer. This unnatural position causes many problems as a result of the reversing of the natural curve in your spine. When the curve in the neck starts to decrease, or even worse starts to reverse, it puts a major stain on the nerve flow from the brain to the body.
When the nerve flow is compromised, your body is not going to function and heal as optimally. Regular headaches or migraines, neck aches, stiff shoulders, overall body soreness, carpel tunnel, insomnia, depression, anxiety, sinus problems and a compromised immune system are all symptoms of a decreased or reversed curve in the neck. If the problem continues to progress without detection, arthritis of the spine can occur. At which point, the symptoms are exacerbated and may become permanent leading to more serious conditions including to lack of mobility, chronic pain, and overall compromised health and quality of life.
Once the severity of the problem is identified, a treatment plan that may include regular adjustments, cervical mobilization, gentle manual traction and at home treatments can be implemented to regain the beautiful natural neck curve and relieve neck pain.
When a patient is pain free, wellness chiropractic care is a very effective method to maintain lasting health and wellness. Often visits once or twice a month are sufficient to keep the body in balance.
To support chiropractic wellness visits, Dr. Davis recommends the following lifestyle and nutrition advice for prevention and wellness care. Read more about prevention and wellness.
Back pain has many causes. Some of the most common ones include:
Low back pain comes in many different forms of pain and discomfort. It can be a dull or achy pain or it can be severely debilitating. Low back pain may start suddenly, it can come on slowly, or come and go. Depending on the underlying cause of the pain, symptoms may include:
Corrective chiropractic care adjustments are very effective at reducing pain in the lower back, especially when combined with other healthy habits to address the typical causes of the pain (See DC Pro Tips below). Spinal manipulations are extremely safe, gentle and effective. They address both acute (short-term or sudden) and chronic low back problems in children and adults. It is for this reason that a treatment plan that includes regular chiropractic treatments is a recommended option for back pain treatment.
Follow these tips to help alleviate lower back pain and help reinforce chiropractic adjustments.
Depending on the condition that is causing hip pain, patients may feel discomfort in the hip joint, outside the hip joint, in the buttocks, thigh or groin. Pain may radiate to the hip from other areas of the body. Pain typically worsens with activity, patients may have a reduced range of motion or even develop a limp from chronic hip pain.
Dr. Davis will work to determine the source of your hip pain and create a personalized treatment plan that could include chiropractic adjustments, exercise therapy, posture advice, stretching, and more. Multiple studies have found that chiropractic adjustments are effective in relieving sciatica, a common cause of pain in the hip and lower back. A number of studies have evaluated the efficacy of chiropractic to surgery for sciatica and found that up to 60% of chiropractic patients with severe sciatica had substantially improved symptoms that enabled them to avoid surgery.
Knee and foot pain are common complaints from our patients. Some of the common causes of knee and foot pain include:
Chiropractic treatment of knee and foot pain typically starts with reducing joint inflammation to reduce pain and then addresses the ability to normalize joint function through specific manipulation techniques. Rehabilitation exercises should be incorporated to improve strength and stability. Similarly, when a patient suffers from foot pain, adjustments to the foot can offer long-lasting relief.