Neck pain, like any sort of pain that isn’t controlled, can negatively affect other aspects of your health. How do most people take care of neck pain? Simple. They medicate it by reaching for a bottle of ibuprofen or aspirin. However, what you don’t know is that not getting to the root cause of the pain and just taking a pill isn’t the best strategy.
The Causes of Neck Pain
Your neck is often neglected and forgotten, that is until it starts hurting or can’t move properly. Normally, your neck is flexible and it supports your head. However, injuries such as auto accidents, or conditions such as arthritis or a pinched nerve can contribute to your pain level.
There are several causes of neck pain, one of which is muscle strain. If you spend a lot of time at a desk, and live a sedentary lifestyle, particularly if you’re using a computer, tablet, or smartphone, it strains your neck. Even reading in bed or gritting your teeth can cause your neck muscles to get strained. Age is another factor where neck pain is considered.
As you age, your joints start to wear out. Your neck is a joint, just like your knee. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage discs between your vertebrae to deteriorate, and bone spurs form as a result. Whatever the cause of your neck pain, Pivonka Family Chiropractic can treat it, and in some cases reverse the degradation of your neck.
How Can Pivonka Family Chiropractic Help?
How can Pivonka Family Chiropractic help with neck pain? Spinal treatment and special exercises can help to not only reduce or in some cases even eliminate your neck pain, it can also improve your range of motion. How does it start? It starts with a spinal exam. We ask you a bunch of questions like: “how long have you had pain? Any other symptoms? Is the pain sharp or dull? We do an X-Ray to see if there is a physical cause of your neck pain such as a fracture that didn’t heal right, whiplash, or other issue. Then we start treatment.
Chiropractic treatment for neck pain is very effective, as this testimonial from one of our patients shows:
“My name’s George. I’m 65, and I have osteoarthritis. Pain is something I’m used to. I was skeptical of going to see a chiropractor though. However, after six months of treatment, I must say I’m impressed. Not only were the folks at Pivonka Family Chiropractic professional and friendly, they got my neck to move and most important of all, stop hurting. I haven’t had to take a pain pill in months.” -George B., Sun Lakes
George’s comment brings up a point we touched on earlier. Simply taking a pill for neck pain should only be at best a short term solution. It doesn’t address the root cause of your neck pain. It is kind of like putting a band-aid on a gaping wound. It isn’t taking care of the problem, just delaying it a bit. In addition, what a lot of people don’t realize is that a lot of pain relievers have negative side effects. Look at ibuprofen for example. Occasional use isn’t bad, but long term use can increase your risk of cardiovascular problems as well as bleeding in your digestive tract. In addition, long term use can also cause liver failure. What about switching to aspirin? Aspirin, after all is widely embraced for heart health, and in some cases, it can help with cardiovascular health. There’s a downside however. In the case of aspirin, if you use it too much or over too long a period, it can ultimately lead to renal failure in some cases, as well as anemia, and appendicitis. So let’s see, you get rid of your pain temporarily, and damage your body in the process due to the adverse side effects. Do you know what the side effects of chiropractic care are?
You can expect reduction or even elimination of your neck pain. You can sleep better as a result. Sometimes, we can tune out some pain, but we are always aware of it on a subconscious level. In addition, since there is either a lower amount of pain, or no pain, there is less inflammation in your body which in turn helps your overall health. And it isn’t just neck pain that Pivonka Family Chiropractic can help you with. We can also help you with headaches and spinal issues as well.
Remember, all of the systems of your body are interconnected. The less pain you have in your neck, the less strain there is on your heart and other systems of your body. And we know that neck pain is something that should be reduced or eliminated, not just medicated.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296