Up to 70% of the population will experience neck pain at some point of their life and 15% will experience chronic neck pain. (1) Much like low back pain, neck pain has become an expensive health care problem.
Most cases of chronic neck pain are mechanical in nature. Some of the causes include: degenerative changes to facet joints, uncinate joints, and discs, or chronic soft tissue problems.
As with most mechanical injuries, conservative treatment is the recommended approach for uncomplicated neck pain. Effective treatments include: chiropractic spinal adjustments and mobilization, acupuncture, soft tissue therapies, electrotherapeutics, and rehabilitative exercises.
For non-specific neck pain, manual therapy has been shown to be less costly and more effective than physiotherapy or general practitioner care alone for subacute or chronic neck pain.(2) Unfortunately, the majority of individuals with neck pain do seek care. This may increase their risk for future and chronic neck pain. Visit your local chiropractor to properly diagnose and treat your nagging neck pain.
(1) Gross, A. R., Goldsmith, C., Hoving, J. L., Haines, T., Peloso, P., Aker, P., Santaguida, P., et al. (2007). Conservative management of mechanical neck disorders: a systematic review. The Journal of rheumatology, 34(5), 1083–1102.
(2) Hurwitz, E. L., Carragee, E. J., van der Velde, G., Carroll, L. J., Nordin, M., Guzman, J., Peloso, P. M., et al. (2009). Treatment of neck pain: noninvasive interventions: results of the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 32(2 Suppl), S141–75. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2008.11.017
A chiropractor is properly trained to evaluate the structures and mechanics of the neck to find the cause of neck disorders. Once the source of neck pain is identified, a personalized course of therapy will be applied to restore function.