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Neck Pain and Chiropractic Care

What is neck pain?

Neck pain can range from being mild and annoying to being unbearable and incapacitating to a point the person cannot function. Symptoms can also included stiffness, difficulty turning or moving your head in different directions, pain or muscle spasm in the neck area, headaches, TMJ (jaw) problems, muscle weakness or even carpal tunnel problems.

Most instances of neck pain (and stiffness) are minor and commonly caused by sudden injury such as an auto accidents that cause “whiplash” injury of the neck area or chronic bad posture position such as keeping your head or neck in an awkward, twisted position for too long causing the neck joints to “lock up”.

You may be one of the many unfortunates who, after a long and tiring day, fallen asleep in a chair or sofa with your head propped up, only to awake with a stiff and painful neck. Other people suffer from this from repeated activity over time, in a poor biomechanical posture doing some type of activity such as computer / keyboard / mouse interaction.

But neck pain that just won't go away after a day or so is a more serious matter. Neck pain that lasts for days or weeks or keeps coming back is a sign that something isn't right.

Ongoing disease process, sudden injury, posture problems, birth defect, or progressive degeneration of discs (DJD or osteoarthritis) that can come with age may be responsible for the more significant pain you experience.

Examination, diagnosis and treatment by Dr. Marc Lawson, Chiropractor can help determine the underlying causes of such neck pain and get you the treatment needed to quickly relieve your pain and suffering.

Why do I suffer from neck pain?

Almost everyone experiences some sort of neck pain or stiffness at one time or another. Because you are human and walk upright, your head is "balanced" atop your spinal column.

If your neck ligaments, discs, and muscles that support your head are not kept strong and in good condition, you become vulnerable to neck problems from injury or poor posture problems.

As you aged, your neck joints have been worn by previous injury or poor posture over time, are subject to osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease or DJD).

When this form of arthritis attacks your neck, you feel it as neck pain that gets worse over time. The pain may radiate into your shoulders and arms, and you may feel numbness or tingling in hands and fingers carpal tunnel signs). Arthritis can also involve symptoms including headaches, dizziness, and even a grating/grinding feeling when you move your head.

Part of your chiropractic exam is to check for osteoarthritis of the neck area and see that it is properly treated.

What can Dr. Marc Lawson, chiropractor do for neck pain?

Dr. Marc Lawson has the training and skills to exam and evaluates your neck problem, to see if chiropractic can help you.

Proper chiropractic care and treatment can help relieve your neck pain, overcome stiffness, and restore the mobility and range of motion of the neck joints.

The goal of such care is to help you get back to your normal daily activities and be able to live life again.

Dr. Marc Lawson brings his specialized diagnostic skills, techniques, and equipment to bear in assessing what is causing your neck problems. He can determine if you have a minor and treatable condition or a more serious underlying condition that may require more intensive, extended treatment or referral to a specialist.

After analyzing this information, Dr. Marc Lawson DC determines if the patient can be help by chiropractic care and the type of treatment needed. Treatment involves gentle low-force techniques and therapy to help reduce the pain and inflammation to the area, as well as help restore proper joint alignment and posture to help promote the healing cycle.

As the area improves, patient education involving corrected exercises and stretching often time is given to help strengthen the weaken area and help prevent future injury.

Do you have any questions or concerns Chiropractic and how it can help your neck pain? Contact Us or call Dr. Lawson directly at 858-576-6329. He will be happy to answer your questions and set up a prompt appointment. Contact Us

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