The neck is a fascinating part of the body. Called the cervical spine, the neck is comprised of just seven vertebrae, which are the sole support for the movement and balance of the head. These vertebrae allow the highly flexible maneuvering of the head.
Neck injury or pain can be a challenging condition. The most common causes of neck pain are:
- Poor posture
- Excess weight
- Tight muscles from tension
- Accidents or injury that yank the neck or head, a condition known as whiplash
- Degenerative disc disease, which may cause discs to bulge
- Osteoarthritis, which causes the cartilage to deteriorate
- Spinal stenosis, which results in nerve compression
Chronic neck pain can compromise a patient’s quality of life. Our team at Eastside Spine & Injury are committed to helping our patients to achieve optimal health and wellness with the least invasive treatments possible, including spinal adjustments, exercises, massages, or physical therapies. It is estimated that neck pain affects seven out of every ten people and can lead to sinus problems and persistent headaches. Because patients who experience chronic pain can rely too heavily on expensive medications that only treat the symptoms, we believe in addressing the source of the problem and restoring comfort and pain-free living for our patients.
Our highly skilled rehabilitation team offers several treatments for neck pain, including:
- Cervical manipulation, also referred to as neck adjustment, works precisely on the joints and vertebrae of the cervical spine to restore mobility and improve range of motion while enhancing muscle movement
- Massage therapy not only reduces stress levels but has been shown to promote healing in muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as well as improve flexibility
- Physical therapy and a personalized physiotherapy exercise program continues to enhance the overall strength of the neck muscles and tendons
To determine the best course of action for a patient with neck pain, Dr. Brian Sims will conduct a thorough consultation that will address when the pain began, prior treatment, localization, extent of the pain, and actions that increase or reduce the pain. Physical and diagnostic evaluation will provide further information and a customized plan of care will be recommended.
For more information about the various treatment options for neck pain, call us today at 503.451.6356. Eastside Spine & Injury is located in Milwaukie, Oregon.