Neck pain is a very common problem with many possible causes. It can be painful, debilitating and persistent, and some people suffer repeated episodes throughout the year. Neck pain can also be associated with other symptoms, such as arm pain, numbness/tingling or headaches.
There are many different types of neck pain, with different causes. The neck’s susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. In fact, most common cause of neck pain is mechanical in origin.
Some of the most typical causes of neck pain are:
- Injury and Accidents
- Degenerative disorders
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Poor posture
Seeing a qualified health professional, such as a chiropractor, who is experienced in diagnosing conditions of the neck and spine, can help treat neck pain, and also identify if a referral or specialist investigation is needed.
Can Chiropractic help your neck pain?
Chiropractors specialise in assessing, diagnosing and managing conditions of the spine. One of the most recent reviews of scientific literature found evidence that patients with chronic neck pain enrolled in clinical trials reported significant improvement following chiropractic spinal manipulation.
As part of the literature review, published in the March/April 2007 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the researchers reviewed nine previously published trials and found “high-quality evidence” that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal manipulation. No trial group was reported as having remained unchanged, and all groups showed positive changes up to 12 weeks post-treatment.