Cervical trauma is a common issue. By definition, a neck strain is not a serious injury. However, the pain and dysfunction that it causes can be significant. This article reviews both first aid approaches to alleviate the pain as well as signs and symptoms that indicate when to see a doctor.
Causes of Neck Strain
The cervical spine is a marvelous construct that houses and protects the delicate spinal cord, provides support for the head, and allows for a high degree of mobility and range of motion. However, the same engineering that allows this area of the spine to be so flexible also leaves it vulnerable to injury. Cervical trauma can occur no matter how careful you are.
Triggers for the onset of neck muscle strain can be traced to several common activities that strain the neck anatomy, such as:
- Too much time spent in an awkward position, such as hunched over a steering wheel while driving, hunched forward to view a computer monitor, or cradling a phone in the crook of the neck
- Sleeping in a position that strains the neck, such as with a pillow that is too high or too firm
- Carrying a heavy suitcase or other object on one side of the body
- Any form of trauma that impacts the neck, such as whiplash in a car accident or a fall in which one lands on the top of the head
Symptoms of neck pain include:
- General pain in the neck area accompanied by some stiffness
- Pain may extend down between the shoulder blades, out along the arms or up into the head
- The muscles in the neck are tense and sore to the touch
- A prickling or tingling sensation may occur in the arms and fingers
- Neck and back pain relief
Your chiropractor will have you undergo an examination that can include: testing the range of movement of the neck, testing for trapped nerves, examination of the muscles and movement of the spine and neck. In some cases, x-rays or blood work may be necessary to determine an exact diagnosis.
Sharp neck pain at the base of the skull generally disappears without any treatment. If your neck pain persists, manual chiropractic treatment based on the severity of your injury is suggested along with soft tissue manipulation. Longer term chiropractic treatment is recommended for chronic neck pain.
Chiropractic Care can help:
- Neck Pain and Back pain
- Headaches associated with neck pain
- Cervical trauma
- Neck muscle pain
- Chronic neck pain
- Neck and Shoulder pain
- Radiating and localized pain
If you suffer from neck pain, and live in or around Centennial, Littleton, Highlands Ranch areas please contact our office to schedule an appointment with us today. We will gladly answer any of your questions and provide you with the best treatment options available to you.