William S. Thatcher, DC
Chiropractor located in Baldwin, NY
Neck Pain Q & A
What are Common Causes of Head and Neck Pain?
The neck is full of muscles and supports the head. Because it has almost complete range of motion, the risk of injury to the neck is greater than almost any other area of the body. Car accidents and slip and fall injuries are two of the most common causes of neck pain. Stress can also be a cause of intense, chronic neck pain. Straining the neck can cause neck pain but will, more often than not, end up causing severe headache pain as the inflammation puts pressure on the blood vessels that lead to and from the brain. As the pressure increases, the blood flow decreases, depriving the brain of the blood and oxygen it needs to thrive and resulting in headache pain.
What is Cervical Spinal Stenosis?
Cervical spinal stenosis is a condition in which the nerves that lead away from the spine are compressed or confined by the narrowing of the small holes of the vertebrae that they must travel through to reach their destination. These small holes are called foramen. The nerves pass through them, using them as a guide as they extend outward into the neck, shoulders, and arms. The holes begin to narrow due to increased calcium buildup and the inflammation associated with existing neck injuries. The symptoms associated with cervical spinal stenosis involve numbness and tingling in the extremities. Chiropractic adjustments can relieve the inflammation associated with the stenosis and provide the nerves the room they need.
How is Whiplash Treated?
Whiplash is a serious neck injury in which the head is violently jerked forward, then backward or from side to side. As the head's forward motion is stopped, it is jerked violently backward. The most effective treatment for a whiplash type injury is stabilization. Wearing a cervical collar will keep the neck stabilized while the connective tissues begin to heal. Chiropractic adjustments are effective at reducing inflammation and aligning the bones in the neck. This helps to relieve any pressure between the vertebrae and allows the blood vessels to circulate the blood more freely. As the circulation through the area begins to improve, healing will also move forward much faster.