Chiropractic care is a gentle nonsurgical treatment option that helps to reduce your neck pain and related symptoms. Listed below are some of the different types of neck conditions that Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) treat:
☐Cervical intervertebral disc injuries
☐Cervical sprain injuries
☐Degenerative joint syndrome
☐Facet joint sprain
How Does a Chiropractor Diagnose Neck Pain?
Before deciding which approach to use for your pain, the chiropractor will do a thorough examination to diagnose the specific cause of your neck condition. The chiropractor will determine any areas of restricted movement and will look at your overall posture and spinal alignment. Doing these things will help the chiropractor understand your body mechanics.
In addition to the physical exam, you’ll also go through your past medical history with the chiropractor, and they may order imaging tests to help diagnose the exact cause of your neck pain.
These steps in the diagnostic process will give the chiropractor more information about your neck pain, which will help the chiropractor create a treatment plan customized for your specific condition.
The chiropractor may use a combination of spinal manipulation, manual therapy, and other techniques as part of your treatment plan for neck pain.
Many types of treatments may be incorporated in your treatment plan including : Specific spinal manipulation which helps restore joint movement using a gentle thrusting technique, Flexion-distraction technique which is a gentle, hands-on spinal manipulation that involves a pumping action on the intervertebral disc instead of direct force. Instrument-assisted manipulation uses a hand-held instrument to allow the chiropractor to apply force without thrusting into the spine. The chiropractor may also use manual therapies to treat your neck pain or Therapeutic exercises, these can help improve overall range of motion in your neck and prevent neck pain from progressing..
In addition to chiropractic care, therapeutic massage can help relax tense muscles. Trigger point therapy is used to relieve tight, painful points on a muscle. Other therapies may also be used to ease neck pain symptoms.
Therapeutic exercises may also be recommended—these can help improve overall range of motion in your neck and prevent neck pain from progressing.
Contact our office at (425)643-4454 to schedule an initial consultation to determine what type of care is suitable for you, Chiropractic care, Spinal decompression therapy, Cold Laser Therapy, or Massage therapy.