There are so many people who deal with chronic neck pain and have no idea what to do. Instead, they just accept the fact that they are in pain and do their best to live their life, rather than get the treatment that is out there. Luckily, there is hope and there are treatments that have been known to work. Here are some things that you should know about neck pain.
What Causes Neck Pain?
One of the first things you might be wondering is what causes neck pain. Neck pain comes from a variety of different things. Many people experience chronic pain because of a traumatic accident. You might have been in a car accident that gave you whiplash. This can take years to heal right and, if not treated correctly up front, it can create lasting problems.
Another reason for neck pain is bad posture and sitting in the same position all day. For example, if you work in an office at a computer and desk, it is likely that you have back and neck pain. And lastly, you can have neck pain from poor muscle tone.
How Do You Treat Neck Pain?
Ideally, the best way to treat neck pain is to get to the root of the problem. You can take pain medication that will help to lessen the pain, but soon you will become dependent on those pain medications, and what once worked will soon not become enough.
Instead, you need a doctor, or a chiropractor, who can figure out what is really causing the problem. This can be done with imaging tests, and muscle testing. They can determine if it was from unhealed trauma, bad posture, of poor muscle tone. All of these things can be treated with the right treatment. For instance, if you have neck trauma, you may need to loosen the muscles around the neck and help them heal again. This can be done with stretching, adjustments, and doctor monitored exercising.
If the pain is from posture and poor muscle tone, the chiropractor can give you adjustments to help you stand and sit correctly. They will act as a personal exercise consultant to help you know what exercises and stretches you should be doing throughout the day to help you neck and so forth.
How Long Will It Take To Find Relief?
Each person will be completely different in how long it takes to heal. Some may heal in a couple treatments and for others it may take months. This is why it is best to have a personal assessment done.