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Posted on 05-31-2017

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Neck pain can be very problematic. More so than many other types of pain, it can interfere with daily activities.

 

Neck pain can manifest itself in several ways

 

  • Stiffness; difficulty in turning the head

  • Pain that starts in the neck and moves down the shoulders, arms, or fingers

  • Pronounced pain in a specific area

  • General soreness

 

The neck, or cervical spine, is comprised nerves. As a result, nerve damage can result in more serious problems.

 

  • Trouble with grip strength and lifting ordinary objects

  • Difficulty controlling the bladder or bowels

  • Dizziness

  • Trouble walking, standing, or sitting

 

In some cases these symptoms can be signs of more serious medical problems.  

 

What Can I Do?

 

We live in the Google age. Whenever experiencing pain or discomfort it is easy to search the internet for quick fixes and do-it-yourself remedies. For certain types of pain or sickness these can be quite helpful. However, self-adjustment as a solution to neck pain can be dangerous. In short, don’t do it. Chiropractors are trained professionals, and even when a chiropractor experiences neck pain they do not use self-adjustment to fix the problem. There are a few steps you can take to help alleviate neck pain.

 

  • Ice the sore area. Be careful not to apply ice for too long

  • After applying ice, use a heating pad or take a hot shower

  • Do not lift heavy objects

  • Do not engage in physical activities or sports that put strain on the neck   

  • Use good posture

  • Gently massage the sore area

  • Take pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen

  • Remember pain relievers are not a solution

  • If the pain persists, visit a chiropractor

 

 

 

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