Our neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. There’s a big difference between a stiff neck and one that hurts so bad that it makes your head spin, but how do you know when it’s “bad enough” that it’s time to see a chiropractor for neck pain? Although we often hear people use the phrase “a pain in the neck” to describe a minor annoyance or inconvenience, real neck pain is no joke—it can significantly affect your quality of life. A skilled chiropractor can help determine the cause of your pain if you are unsure. There is usually no rotation or twisting of the head/neck often utilized in the traditional chiropractic treatment for neck pain and the typical “crack” (joint cavitation) may or may not occur with this method.
During your first appointment, you will have a detailed history and physical exam, to determine the origin of your pain. While there are several things you can do at home to help relieve your neck pain, it’s important to know when it’s time to see a chiropractor for neck pain. Neck pain can derive from any type of neck strain or neck injury (whiplash), virus infection of the throat (which may lead to lymph gland swelling thus putting strain on the neck), headaches, poor posture, uncomfortable sleeping positions or even physical and emotional stress. Following a thorough chiropractic assessment aimed at ruling out other issues and finding the exact source of the problem, a personalized recovery plan is developed. In some instances, your chiropractor in Jacksonville might order tests to help diagnose your condition.