Thursday, April 2, 2015

Is Neck Pain Causing You To Be A Pain In The Neck?

In my 30 years of practice as a chiropractor I have seen neck pain cause problems for many patients.
One of my patients, a mother to three younger children, felt that her neck pain was causing her to be cranky, irritable and less patient with her kids. Another patient, a gentleman who was a supervisor to a handful of employees at his company, noted that his pain in the neck was causing him to be tired, fatigued and less able to give his coworkers the attention, support and direction they required.

Constant, ongoing neck discomfort while perhaps not life-threatening can certainly cause us to experience a poor quality of life. In fact, 70 percent of adults in the United States are affected by neck pain at some time.

People try different remedies to alleviate their pain in the neck. Some people reach for anti-inflammatory medication. While this may provide short lived, temporary relief it does not correct the cause of the problem and can cause serious side effects to the gastrointestinal system and the kidneys. Others desperate for relief may turn to surgery for their condition.

Fortunately there is a nonsurgical, drug-free approach to alleviating neck pain. Research findings from the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain And Its Associated Disorders found that spinal manipulation, sometimes called a spinal adjustment, is the best approach in the treatment and care for those having pain of the neck. This was an authoritative research study that also said at neck pain with the absence of a radiating arm pain should be treated rarely by means of surgery.

Most spinal manipulation in North America is performed by Doctors of Chiropractic. Chiropractors typically have 7 to 9 years spent in classroom and clinical education to learn how to effectively and safely treat patients suffering from neck discomfort.

Occasionally, one may hear in the media that a chiropractic manipulation to the neck is unsafe. However the Task Force on Neck Pain declared that this claim is unfounded. The study concluded that there is no link between spinal manipulation of the neck and significant injury or damage. It is very important to make medical decisions based on fact and knowledge, not myths.

When seeking a chiropractor the general public may have to bypass their traditional medical provider who still clinging to the notion that chiropractors are not to be seen by patients suffering from a pain in the neck. The patient may have to directly search on their own for a chiropractor they feel comfortable with. It is very important that the patient have the determination to make the effort to visit a chiropractor. The research, science and facts show that their efforts will be rewarded by an improvement of their neck pain and quality of life.

To learn more about appropriate, non-surgical, drug free treatment of neck pain see this video. Please visit James Schofield DC's website here
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