Our Approach to Neck Pain Treatment
Most people will experience neck pain at some point. Neck pain can go from being a minor tinge every now and again, to something that is chronic and excruciatingly painful. Here at Zia Chiropractic our Odessa chiropractor and our entire team is dedicated to helping people live happy, healthy lives without neck pain.
Putting a Finger on the Source
One of the first things we try to do here in our practice is to educate people about the causes of neck pain. Identifying the root cause of neck pain is the first step towards effective neck pain treatment. Here are some of the most common sources of neck pain:
- Whiplash- People generally experience whiplash after being involved in an automobile collision. The condition is the result of violent thrusting of the neck forward and then backward. Whiplash can be quite painful and can cause a number of complications like dizziness, headaches, visual changes and even nausea and vomiting.
- Text Neck- Text neck is a relatively new diagnosis; however, it is one of the most prevalent causes of neck pain. Text neck is caused by people looking down at their computers, and handheld devices. Most people are not aware of the stress and strain they place on the bones, ligaments, and discs in the cervical regions of their spines when they hold their heads in a downward position for an extended period. The additional stress on the cervical region of the neck can cause inflammation, and disturb communication between the nerves in the neck and the brain.
- Degenerative Diseases- There are certain diseases that naturally cause inflammation and can have a drastic impact on the cervical region of the spine. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto's disease, muscular sclerosis, and fibromyalgia. People with these types of conditions generally see an exasperation of the pain in their neck when they have flare-ups associated with their illness.
Our Approach to Neck Pain Treatment
Here in our office, our Odessa chiropractor uses a combination of chiropractic treatment modalities to provide effective and drug-free neck pain treatment. Our doctor believes that it is important to learn as much about the patients we see, as doing so allows our chiropractor the ability to tailor treatment plans based on the individual needs of each patient. A complete history and physical is conducted on each patient during their first visit. This provides our doctor with a clear picture of the patient's personal medical history as well as their family medical history. From there the doctor may or may not order x-rays. Once our doctor performs a physical exam, our doctor will develop a treatment plan for the patient.
Generally, our doctor will perform an adjustment on our first-time patients to help alleviate the pressure off of the cervical spine and reduce inflammation. From there, our chiropractor may order one or more of the following treatments, hot or cold therapies, ultrasound therapy, cold laser therapy or muscle stimulation therapy. Exercise therapy may also be added to a neck pain treatment plan at a later date.
Get Help Today
Neck pain can limit your ability to enjoy your regular activities. Chronic neck pain should never be ignored. If you are experiencing chronic pains in the cervical region of your spine, it is time for you to do something about it. Give us a call here at Zia Chiropractic at 575-318-2640 today to schedule an appointment. Let our Odessa chiropractor show you how good living pain-free can be.