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Neck Pain

 An Alternative Approach to Neck Pain Relief

Neck pain—discomfort in any of your neck structures—can be a major nuisance. Neck pain can affect almost every aspect of your life and keep you from enjoying the activities you most cherish. Your neck muscles, ligaments, nerves, spinal discs, and cervical vertebrae can all be pain generators that limit your range of motion and cause you serious discomfort. This page discusses the most common causes of neck pain and makes helpful suggestions about how you can permanently eliminate your neck problem.

Condition Information
Your neck muscles, along with your other neck structures, support the weight of your head and allow for a significant amount of neck motion. This high degree of motion makes your neck susceptible to injury, however. Certain risk factors may increase your likelihood of experiencing neck pain, including:

  • Poor posture (holding your neck in a forward position)
  • Working in the same position for prolonged periods
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor sleeping setup (e.g., inappropriate pillow)
  • Stress and emotional exhaustion
  • Age (people over 30 are more likely to experience neck pain)
  • A traumatic event (e.g., motor vehicle accident)

In rare instances, neck pain may be a symptom of a more serious health problem. Seek assistance as soon as possible if you experience any of the following:

  • Neck pain accompanied by upper extremity numbness
  • Decreased arm or hand strength
  • Shooting or stabbing pain in your shoulder or down your arm

Causes Symptoms
Muscle strains and tension are one of the most common causes of neck pain. Certain everyday activities may lead to muscle strains and neck pain, including:

  • Placing your computer monitor too high or too low
  • Twisting your neck while exercising
  • Keeping a poor posture while watching television or reading

Specific causes of neck pain (besides muscle strains) include:

  • Whiplash
  • Herniated spinal disc
  • Cervical spine joint dysfunction
  • Narrowing of your spinal canal (spinal stenosis)
  • Osteoarthritis

Neck pain may be accompanied by other symptoms, including:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Decreased cervical spine range of motion
  • Tingling or burning sensations in your arm
  • Headache

Neck Pain Treatment
Neck pain is health problem that usually responds well to conservative care measures. One noninvasive approach that has proven reliable and effective for neck pain of all kinds is manipulation under anesthesia (MUA). MUA is performed by a chiropractic physician who has advanced training in this healing discipline. This gentle therapy is performed in a comfortable setting and is designed to correct the underlying cause of your neck discomfort. Most patients (over 80%) experience significant neck pain reduction after just a 3-day course of treatment. MUA is a life-changing treatment for neck pain and problems.

Next Steps
Meet with Dr. Wolstein to discuss MUA and how it may help address your neck pain. Dr. Wolstein offers a free consultation to anyone interested in this unique and effective healing approach.