Understanding Body Pain and Why You Need a Chiropractor
Neck pain is a type of pain that affects the area between the base of your head and your shoulders. Sometimes it may radiate down to your arms and upper back as well. Chiropractorsspecialize in the manipulation of pressure points in the spine to bring pain relief and restore normal function. They are the best kind of professionals to see when experiencing chronic neck pain. Chronic pain is any kind of pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks.
What is the cause of neck pain?
There are so many things that could be causing your neck pain and you need to see a professional for accurate diagnosis. The most common explanations to chronic neck pain include abnormalities in the bone or joints, trauma or injuries from accidents, poor posture, and degenerative diseases such as neck arthritis, tumors, and excessive muscle strain. The pain you experience in your shoulder could also be due to dislocation, pinched nerves, bone fractures, and shoulder joint instability among other reasons. The chiropractor will take you through a series of tests to determine what exactly could be causing the pain.
Diagnosis of shoulder pain
Some types of neck pain may benefit from surgical procedures, medication while others need chiropractic manipulation. A chiropractor cannot begin any kind of treatment before a diagnosis is confirmed. The chiropractor will determine your medical history and any past medical conditions, ask you about any injuries, when the pain started, how long you have experienced it and the kind of sensation you feel. If this is not enough to determine the cause of the chronic neck pain, they can also order for:
• X-rays to reveal conditions such as tumors, slipped discs, narrowed spinal canal, fractures, and arthritis-like diseases
• Magnetic resonance imaging or MR to reveal any nerve related problems along with tendon and ligament issues. A CT scan may be used as an alternative to MRI.
Treatment of chronic pain
If the diagnosis shows a condition that can be treated by chiropractic manipulation, then treatment can begin as soon as you are ready. If the chiropractor refers you to another specialist, it is because your condition may require surgery or medical treatment. The chiropractor may be there during the recovery and rehabilitation process after surgery and medical treatment since they often work together with other doctors in combined treatments to bring pain relief.