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Causes of Neck Pain: Our Neck Doctor In New Albany Explains

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Neck pain can be very uncomfortable and can prevent you from turning or tilting your head. Neck pain can make it hard to sleep at night, work at your job or take care of your family. Pain in your neck can also stop you from enjoying your favorite sports or hobbies.

We see many patients come in needing neck pain treatment. At 1st Choice Health & Wellness, our neck pain doctors in New Albany focus on treating neck pain without the use of surgery or invasive methods. 

The human neck is a complex structure of bones, muscles, tendons, and cartilage. Nerves run from the spinal cord to the rest of the body. A number of conditions and injuries can affect the bones and tissues of the neck to cause neck pain.

Muscle Spasms, Whiplash, Text Neck and Other Causes of Neck Pain


The complex structure of the neck makes it vulnerable to pain from text neck, whiplash, and other causes.


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Muscle strain


Neck pain is often the result of muscle strain from overuse. Spending too many hours hunched over a computer or standing with poor posture can strain neck muscles. Even reading in bed or gritting your teeth can result in muscle strain.


Worn joints


Just like the other joints in your body, the joints between neck bones can wear out with age. Osteoarthritis can cause the cushioning discs between those bones to deteriorate; your body can then develop bone spurs that affect the range of motion of your neck and cause pain there.


Nerve compression


The deteriorating discs and bone spurs can press against the nerves coming out of your spinal cord which will lead to neck pain. Pinched Nerves are a common reason many patients come into our office. There are numerous reasons why a nerve may be pinched. Please contact 1st Choice Health & Wellness if you are seeking a New Albany chiropractor for neck pain treatment.


Text neck

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Text neck is a relatively new but increasingly common cause of pain in the neck. It can develop when you look down at your phone too long or too frequently. The average human head weighs 10 to 11 pounds. When you stand in an upright position with your ears perfectly aligned with your shoulders, your head exerts 10 to 11 pounds of stress through your neck muscles. Tilting your head forward slightly to look at your phone, like when you are texting, increases the stress on the muscles of your neck. This increased stress can strain your neck muscles.


Whiplash

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Whiplash is a common cause of neck pain after an auto accident, especially after a rear-end collision that causes a forceful back-and-forth whipping action of your neck. In fact, auto accidents are a leading cause of whiplash.

The injury typically occurs when your head and neck move backward then forward suddenly, much like the cracking of a whip. The lightning-fast motion and extreme stresses involved in the auto accident can injure the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs, and nerves in your neck.

Neck pain along with other symptoms of whiplash typically develop within 24 hours, but they may not develop for several hours or even days after the auto accident or other incidents.


Poor posture

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Holding your head in an improper position or slumping your shoulders can lead to neck pain. Visiting our doctor for neck pain in New Albany can help with treating pain and assisting with bad posture.


Emanating pain


Sometimes a problem in one part of the body can cause pain in another part. Back problems can sometimes be associated with neck pain. A proper evaluation and examination with our New Albany neck doctor can determine if neck pain is the result of a problem in the neck or in other parts of the body.


Chiropractors for Safe Treatment of Neck Pain


Chiropractors provide safe, alternative care for neck pain associated with whiplash, text neck and other causes. Our New Albany neck pain doctor can develop a personalized treatment plan according to the cause of your neck pain and its severity. You may benefit from non-surgical chiropractic care, massage therapy, cryotherapy, decompression therapy, and physical therapy to treat your neck pain. In some cases, our chiropractor may recommend Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA), a non-invasive procedure that treats neck pain that may not be treatable by standard chiropractic treatment.

If you have neck pain or have been in an auto accident, 1st Choice Health & Wellness Chiropractic can help with alleviating pain. Our chiropractors provide a wide variety of neck pain treatment in New Albany. Call (812) 945-4500 to schedule an appointment today.

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