Until you have neck pain, you probably won’t realize how much you move your neck during the course of a day. If you do have neck pain, you’ll be well aware of the limitation and discomfort it causes. Fortunately, if you do have neck pain, the team at Elite Family Chiropractic can help. Rylan Holub, DC, and the team have exceptional skills in using chiropractic adjustments to relieve the causes of neck pain. Call the office in Spring, Texas, to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online today.

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What causes neck pain?

Neck pain most often occurs because of damage to the cervical (neck) vertebrae, soft tissues, or discs. Stress and tension are common causes of neck pain, as they make your muscles tighten and can lead to the development of knotted muscle fibers. Some other common causes of neck pain include:

  • Muscle or tendon strains
  • Sprained ligaments
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated cervical discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Cervical stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Any misalignment of the vertebrae in your neck or pressure from inflamed tissues can cause nerve compression due to the numerous nerves branching off from the central spinal cord. Nerve compression is a frequent source of neck pain, as well as tingling, numbness, and loss of function in your hands and arms.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

In order to treat your neck pain effectively, Dr. Holub needs to find what’s causing the pain. The practice cooperates with local radiology groups to provide digitial x-ray, CT and MRI scans. Imaging is only ordered whenever it its clinically or medically indicated.

These diagnostic imaging tools, together with a physical exam and review of your symptoms, should enable Dr. Holub to diagnose the cause of your neck pain.

How is neck pain treated?

Elite Family Chiropractic uses multiple methods to treat neck pain, including:

  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Cold Laser Therapy

Dr. Holub combines in-office treatment sessions with exercises and teaches you how to exercise at home as well for the best results. You may also benefit from soft tissue therapy and cold laser therapy.

The practice has specialist expertise in treating problems caused by herniated discs, which are a common cause of neck pain. They can eliminate disc pain using natural methods that can help you avoid the use of prescription painkillers or the need for spinal surgery.

How do I prevent neck pain?

As so many causes of neck pain relate to how you use your neck and look after it, there are many ways in which you can prevent neck pain.

Bad posture is a common problem, so thinking about how you hold your neck and not falling into bad habits is an excellent place to start. If you’re carrying anything, spread the weight evenly across your shoulders, and don’t overload your purse or shoulder bag.

Try to avoid bending your neck into an awkward position, like attempting to hold the phone between your ear and your shoulder or sleeping with your head at an odd angle. Keeping everything in line and avoiding strain on your neck stops soft tissue damage and prevents the vertebrae from becoming misaligned.

Don’t forget the importance of stress management to stop muscle tension, which can cause headaches in addition to neck pain. Exercising your neck to keep it strong and supple can also help prevent injuries. Activities like yoga and Pilates can help you achieve both of these goals.

Dr. Holub and the team at Elite Family Chiropractic can help and advise you on how to look after your neck. Call the office to learn more or request an appointment online today.