Since everyone has a neck the odds are that at some point they will experience neck pain.
Your neck muscles are working from the moment you wake until you lay back down to sleep, all the while holding the weight of your head and performing turns and bends throughout the day, so it’s no surprise that pain can occur.
A primary contributor to neck pain is poor posture. Bending your neck or leaning forward to see your smartphone or computer screen throughout the day can cause muscle fatigue and eventually pain. Even sleeping can bring about neck pain if you have insufficient neck support.
A common cause of serious neck pain is injury from car accidents, sports, falls and quick movements that cause soft tissue damage as well and misalignments in your spine. These injuries need to be addressed immediately with diagnosis and treatment.
Other causes of neck pain include:
The most common symptoms of neck pain include:
Depending on the severity of your condition you may have one or all of these symptoms.
A consultation with Dr. Barry will involve a full evaluation of your pain, it’s origins and a plan for treatment.
If you’ve been in an accident, X-rays will be taken to show, or eliminate concerns of damage to your vertebrae. If there is no bone damage, a spinal manipulation to eliminate subluxations in your neck can reduce or relieve your pain. Depending on the concerns, a CT scan, or an MRI may be ordered.
For soft tissue injuries, or pain caused by muscle tension physical therapy and massage therapy can help improve movement, release tension and reduce the pain in your neck and other symptomatic areas.
Short-term immobilization may be in order and a soft collar to support your neck will and reduce pressure, but this treatment is meant for only two to three hours a day. If a short-term immobilization fails to resolve your pain in two weeks, other treatments will be necessary.
We accept the majority of insurance plans. Since there are so many plans and coverage varies widely, please call us to find out if your plan covers care in our office. Our staff will be happy to verify and explain your benefits before treatment.