Do You Have Neck Pain?
Is it affecting your sleep or your concentration at work? Is it occurring now more often than before? Here at Espinoza Chiropractic Concepts we not only help rid patients of neck pain, but we also strive to educate them in how to keep this pain from returning.
What causes neck pain?
The most common causes are the joints of the neck, the discs of the neck, and the soft tissues.
The joints of the spine, also known as spinal facet joints, are a common cause of neck pain. Facet joint pain can be caused from injuries, joint motion problems, and arthritis. Injuries to the facet joints can occur from trauma like slips, falls, and car crashes. Facet joints can also develop motion problems due to trauma, repetitive stress, and wear and tear. Facet joint injuries can irritate nerves and can cause neck pain, head pain, upper back pain, and shoulder pain. Once the facet joints get “locked up” or subluxated, they no longer move in their full range of motion and start the degenerative process. The more you use or exercise a dysfunctional joint, the faster it will break down and degenerate. Arthritis or degenerative joint disease is the result of a long standing problem with the spine that has never been corrected. If normal motion and alignment are not restored to the spine, then it will continue to degenerate and become more arthritic and eventually very painful.
The discs of the spine, also known as intervertebral discs, are another source of neck pain. Intervertebral discs are what separate the bones (vertebrae) of the neck. It is essential to have normal motion of the spine or the disc will dehydrate and degenerate. A degenerating or injured intervertebral disc can bulge and herniate. This can put direct pressure on nerves and/or the spinal cord. The resulting pressure on the nerves can cause weakness, numbness/tingling, neck pain, upper back pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, and hand pain.
Soft tissues of the neck include muscle, tendons, and ligaments. Muscle spasms are most commonly involved and usually accompany injury and dysfunction of the facet joints as well as disc injuries. Scar tissue forms in the soft tissues after traumas and injuries. Scar tissue is weak, not elastic, and does not get as much blood supply as normal tissue. If you want muscles to be strong, it is essential to work the scar tissue out of the soft tissues
How can we help?
Dr. Espinoza has almost two decades of experience at examining, diagnosing, and helping people get rid of neck pain. First, a thorough examination is performed so we can determine the exact cause of your neck pain. Then, we help you get rid of your neck pain by restoring normal motion back to the joints, stopping degeneration of the spine and discs, and getting scar tissue out of the soft tissues. Lastly, we strengthen your muscles and teach you how to keep the neck pain from coming back. If you want to get rid of your neck pain so you can sleep better and get your life back, call us! We can help.