Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common condition most people experience at some point in their lives, with women reporting slightly higher occurrences of chronic neck pain.  The most common cause of neck pain results from abnormalities or irritation and pressure on the discs, muscles, ligaments, and nerves of the neck. The most common causes that chiropractors identify and treat are soft tissue abnormalities from injury or prolonged wear and tear and in many people it is also the source of pain in the upper back, shoulders and arms.

When neck pain is caused by muscle strain, you may have aches and stiffness that spread to the upper arm and forearm. Shooting pain that spreads down the arm into the hand and fingers can be a symptom of a “pinched nerve” or nerve entrapment in the neck. When a nerve is “pinched” in the neck, numbness, weakness and possibly pain of the hands or arms may occur. Disc injuries are a common cause of pinched nerves.

Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head backwards and forwards or sideways, are referred to as “whiplash”. Whether from a car accident, fall, sports related injury or other quick and sudden impact to the neck, whiplash or neck injuries warrant a thorough chiropractic examination.

We at Maxlife will perform a full examination (including X rays if necessary) including a detailed history of your health and lifestyle to determine the cause of your pain.  Unlike pain killing drugs, we treat the cause of the pain by addressing the underlying neurological, mechanical and muscular problems – not just the pain itself.

Once a diagnosis has been made, we will put together a customized treatment plan using a variety of specific chiropractic and muscular adjustment techniques in order to mobilize the ‘stuck’ areas and remove spinal nerve irritation that is responsible for causing the pain.

Some patients enjoy almost immediate relief while others notice a gradual easing of their symptoms over a period of several weeks depending on the nature of the problem and/or the length of time one has had the problem.

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