Chiropractic Care For Neck Pain Charleston SC
One of the most common conditions chiropractors see and treat is neck pain. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics national survey, neck pain is the second most common form of pain in the United States (following back pain and tied with headaches and migraines). An estimated three quarters of Americans will be affected by neck pain at some point in their lifetime.
As experts in the musculoskeletal system, chiropractors Charleston SC are the ideal healthcare providers to treat problems associated with the neck.
The Cervical Spine
The Four Commonly Seen Cervical Curves
There are four different types of curvatures in the cervical spine—all of which can be determined through an X-ray. Our doctors typically see these four different kinds of curves in patients:
Lordotic. This is a normal, healthy curvature in the neck—which is about 42 degrees when standing upright. Think of it as a c-shaped curve that faces the opposite way your nose points.
Hypolordotic/Alordotic. This means that there is a decreased curve or no curve in the neck. In an X-ray, the neck may look straight.
Reverse Curve/Kyphotic. This is a reverse curve—and the kind of curve you want to stay far, far away from. This means that your neck has completely lost its healthy curve and is now curving the opposite direction, connecting your thoracic and cervical curves.
“S” Curve. The hardest curve to correct, the “S” curve is when the spine has both a lordotic and kyphotic curve.
Why is the Cervical Curve Important?
The curvatures in the spine act as shock absorbers for various body parts. If the correct curvatures are not present, the discs and joints will experience greater pressure. To give you an idea of how this may feel: imagine jumping off a ledge without bending your knees. Without proper curvature in your neck, this is the kind of pressure your discs and joints are under.
This isn’t the only issue hypolordotic/alordotic, reverse curve/kyphotic or “S” curves present. An unhealthy curve can also cause premature degeneration of the discs and joint spaces of the spine. This degeneration could lead to neurological symptoms down the road, as well as premature arthritis and joint fusion.
How Do I Know if I Have a Healthy Curve?
The best way to determine if you have a healthy curve in your neck is to be evaluated by your chiropractor. X-rays and physical examinations can help the doctor determine what kind of curve you have and the best methods of treatment. Remember: Pain is a late indicator of an issue. Even if you’re not currently experiencing any pain, it’s important to take preventative steps and have regular spinal evaluations and adjustments.
Many patients we see with neck pain and stiffness have a reduced curvature in their neck. Certain chiropractic adjustments and supportive exercises and therapies are designed to help restore the neck to the ideal (lordotic) curve. Shortly after beginning treatment, many patients see improvements, including a reduction or even elimination of pain. It’s important to continue care even after your symptoms have subsided, as it takes time to restore a healthy curve Charleston SC.
Make an appointment to talk to our doctor about chiropractic and neck pain.
What causes neck pain?
Just about anything has the potential to cause neck pain. For instance, sleeping wrong, poor posture, a sporting injury or a car accident can cause pain to the neck. This pain is often due to the pressure exerted on the joints by a misalignment or strain.
What symptoms are associated with neck pain?
How can Dr. Courtney Brandenburg help with neck pain treatment?
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Can neck pain be a sign of whiplash?
If you have been in an auto accident, whiplash is of extreme concern. Neck pain is often a sign of whiplash, but it is important to note that this pain may not start immediately. Be sure to seek proper care right away if you have been in an accident.