Neck Pain

Whether it’s brought on by poor posture, chronic stress, osteoarthritis, or something else, neck pain is one of the most common physical complaints. Although the seven bones that make up your cervical spine are flexible and strong, they’re also required to support your head, a task that would be similar to balancing a 10-pound bowling ball on your fingertips all day. To provide long-term relief from neck pain, Dr. Albert Latronica strives to treat the problem at its root. At Latronica Chiropractic, his state-of-the-art practice in Furlong, Pennsylvania, Dr. Latronica serves patients in the greater Bucks County area.

Neck Pain Q & A

by Albert Latronica, DC

What causes neck pain?

Like any joint that gives you a wide range of motion, your cervical spine is also prone to injury. Spinal misalignment in your back can cause pain in your neck, just as a misalignment problem in the nerve-rich region of your neck can lead to neck pain and pain other areas of your body. Muscle strain, which is typically caused by poor posture — such as craning your head forward while driving or working on a computer — is another frequent cause of neck pain. A traumatic injury that compresses your cervical spine can also lead to stiffness, discomfort, and chronic pain. Other common causes of neck pain include:

  • Injuries: Such as whiplash
  • Worn joints: Caused by osteoarthritis
  • Nerve compression: Brought on by herniated discs
  • Chronic stress: Leading to painful muscle spasms

Why is it important to seek treatment?

A minor neck problem may cause discomfort, stiffness, or soreness, but it usually resolves itself in a relatively short amount of time. Neck pain that stems from a short-term, stressful situation typically goes away once the situation has changed. Ongoing neck problems, on the other hand, often involve chronic pain that worsens as time goes on, or worsens when you hold your head in the same position for a long time, like when you’re working at a computer.

Left untreated, chronic neck pain may lead to overly tight muscles, muscle spasms, headaches, and a decreased range of head motion. You shouldn’t wait for your symptoms to multiply or worsen before you seek treatment. Chiropractic care can provide both instant and long-term relief.

If you’re experiencing severe or persistent neck pain, or if your pain is the result of an accident or injury, make an appointment to see Dr. Latronica as soon as possible.

What does treatment entail?

Dr. Latronica takes a comprehensive, whole-person approach to neck pain, which means that he’ll evaluate the extent of your pain, and check for any possible injuries that might be contributing to your condition. Then, he’ll provide a customized treatment plan to ensure you receive efficient, effective care that promotes a quick and active recovery. Depending on your condition, Dr. Latronica may recommend the following treatments:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Massage therapy
  • Manual therapy (myofascial release)
  • Spinal decompression
  • Therapeutic exercises

Chiropractic care promotes your body’s natural ability to heal while minimizing the need for invasive procedures and medication. Because he’s dedicated to helping you achieve full, long-term pain relief, Dr. Latronica will provide lifestyle recommendations to help support your recovery.

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