Perhaps because it’s the summer and homeowners are doing yard work, or engaging in DIY projects. Maybe it is because of all the canceled plans; people spend more time on their phones, resulting in neck problems. At Hruby Chiropractic Wellness, we are seeing more and more patients with neck and back pain. Here we discuss information on neck and back pain, its causes, and how to manage it.
Neck Pain Causes and Treatments
Most neck pain is caused by a combination of issues like text neck (cause by looking into one’s phone throughout the day), injury, poor posture and stress.
A popular answer to neck pain is to alleviate the pain by taking medication to reduce the issues like aspirin, analgesics or pain pills or treating its symptoms with muscle relaxers, massage or hot packs.
The truth is, a lack of aspirin or medications does not cause chronic neck pain. Dr. Hruby’s approach to neck pain is to find and locate its fundamental cause, beginning with a thorough examination. We look specifically at the spine’s structure and function and its effect on the nervous system. Ask yourself:
- Is it difficult for you to look over your shoulder?
- Do you feel ongoing pounding pain in your neck?
- Do you feel a “grinding” sound as you turn your neck?
We use these considerations to create a specific chiropractic treatment plan to help improve the spine’s motion and position. Neck pain often diminishes or even disappears with improved structure and function — without addictive drugs or harmful side effects.
Back Pain Causes and Treatments
Our patients often come to us complaining about back pain, often caused by sciatica pain.
Similar to neck pain, past treatment has involved pain medications, muscle relaxers, and physical therapy, with surgery about 60% of the time successful. Our approach is to use strategically controlled pressure, removing the interference from spinal structures. These “adjustments” are beneficial in reducing nerve irritation and its associated pain.
Pain happens when the sciatic nerve roots become scraped, twisted, stretched or pinched as they exit the spine. Sciatica pain can be traced back to the spine, responding to routine spinal function restoration through chiropractic care.
Sciatic pain impairment may be chemical, physical or the emotional stress of everyday living. A full-blown sciatic occurrence can involve the entire nerve path with lower back pain, cramping or numbness, radiating into the thighs, legs, ankles, feet and toes. Pain can also occur on the nerve points such as the buttocks, knee area and calf.
If you are suffering from neck or back problems, please make an appointment with us. Hruby Chiropractic believes in taking a holistic approach and locating the underlying problem of pain. We take the focus off of sickness care, placing it on wellness care. Visit our website, contact us, or give us a call at 414-329-2100.