Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. If you are suffering and looking for neck pain treatment in San Diego, you are in the right place! Neck pain can affect us in many different ways. Many patients report that their pain just started out of the blue and has no known cause. Other patients report that they are suffering from rebound symptoms from taking painkillers every day for years. A variety of factors play a contributing role in neck pain such as childhood falls, sports injuries, poor posture, and auto crashes.
Patients can sometimes pinpoint the cause of their neck pain, while others say that their symptoms came on gradually. Macro-traumas as well as micro-traumas such as repetitive motions like sitting at a desk for many hours with poor ergonomics, hours of text messaging or sleeping on your tummy night after night are equally to blame.
Some chronic neck pain patients also mention that they have numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness into the shoulder, arm, hand or fingers. They are relieved to learn that the nerves that exit out of the neck innervate these areas. Headaches, migraines, vertigo, TMJ, and tinnitus (ear ringing) are often associated with chronic neck pain too. If you need neck pain treatment in the San Diego area, we can help! Our chiropractors are experienced and have been helping people with their chronic neck pain for years.
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We focus our work and expertise in the upper neck, the most delicate and important part of the spine, because it is the closest to the brain and has the most neurological impact. Injuries to your neck misalign the bones, lock them into place causing them to get stuck in a stressed position. When this happens, small pain-sensitive nerves in the neck, shoulder and upper back are commonly irritated and pinched. The sooner you seek care, the better chances you have of getting neck pain relief right away, and avoiding arthritis and disc degeneration in your neck down the road.
Our Upper Cervical Care doctors are specially trained to find abnormalities in the alignment of your neck. NUCCA protocols are gentle, precise, and non-surgical. Our analysis takes 100% of the guesswork out, as we use measurements specific to your anatomy to know how to best adjust you without any twisting, cracking, or popping of your neck or spine. Less than 300 doctors worldwide specialize in NUCCA care worldwide.
Rather than simply treating the symptoms, our doctors provide a long-term strategy to not only get the pain relief that you seek right away, but also prevent future spinal decay. Many of our patients benefit greatly from a combined approach of NUCCA Spinal Care, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, and laser therapy.
Causes of Neck Pain
Every patient is unique, including their anatomy and flexibility. Your head weighs 10-15 pounds which is about the weight of a bowling ball. The head balances on top of a tiny, 2-ounce bone. Plus, unlike other joints in your spine, the joints at the base of your skull do not interlock. This allows you tremendous flexibility and mobility, making it possible for you to back out of your driveway without much effort or thought when healthy. The trade-off to increased flexibility to this part of the spine is increased vulnerability, as this is the most delicate part of your spine. These are the most common causes of neck pain:
Your muscles strain after long hours of being hunched over a computer, smartphone or knitting project. Even activities such as reading in bed, sitting on the couch for too long or grinding your teeth can strain your neck muscles over the years.
Joints degenerate naturally over time. As this process occurs, extra bone is deposited (bone spurs) in an attempt to help stabilize your spine. This degeneration is commonly known as arthritis limiting joint motion and causing pain.
Herniated discs and bulging discs can cause spinal nerve root compression. This can be very painful, especially if disc material causes chemical irritation to delicate nerve endings.
Trauma from a slip and fall, sports injury or a car accident can cause a whiplash injury. In fact, any injury that hyperflexes and hyperextends the head and neck damages the soft tissues of your neck. Without treatment, many of these whiplash injuries have symptoms that sometimes don’t surface until decades later.
Conditions and diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, post-concussion syndrome, meningitis, and cancer can cause neck pain.
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Technology, technology, technology. The amount of time we spend with our heads bent down looking at devices is only growing by the day. The amount of time we spend looking at our phones, scrolling through email, Facebook, Instagram and such is staggering. According to the last stats we checked, the average person spent 153 minutes on social platforms per day, and these were 2019 numbers. Yikes! That’s over 2 1/2 hours per day.
Let’s talk a bit about physics. When you are looking straight ahead, your head weighs 10-15 pounds. However, every inch that the head moves forward puts you in a stressed position.
According to Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, tilting the head forward just:
15 degrees can increase the force on the neck to 27 pounds
30 degrees can increase the force on the neck to 40 pounds
45 degrees can increase the force on the neck to 49 pounds
60 degrees can increase the force on the neck to 60 pounds
In this example, the head weighed 12 pounds when looking straight ahead. So, the amount of stress on the spine increases astronomically thanks to the forces of gravity when you look down. Next time you are on your phone, tablet, or laptop, remember to bring your device up to eye level instead of slouching and bending your head and neck downwards.
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