Neck PainPlainfield, IL
If you experience neck pain from an injury or condition, then we can help provide the chiropractor treatment. While people are quick to use rest and store-bought medications to treat neck pain, they will not provide the specific treatment a professional chiropractor can. Neck pain can result from causes such as repetitive movement, falling, extended sitting, car accidents, sitting at a desk for too long, arthritis and more.
Neck pain treatment is available at Plainfield Chiropractic Clinic in Plainfield and the surrounding area. There are seven vertebrae that make up the neck. While the neck is flexible and can move in almost every direction, the movements can also make it vulnerable to injury. With our treatment, we can help the patient achieve lasting relief from the pain.
Call us and schedule an appointment today to learn how our neck pain treatment can help you.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment
Instead of only treating the symptoms of neck pain, Dr. Chris Smith, DC and our team will treat the cause of the pain. We may recommend some form of painkiller medication to help, but that alone will not be enough. We will help to find a customizable and non-invasive treatment for the patient's neck pain.
Acute neck pain can be excruciating and cause people to miss work and function normally. Chronic issues can affect a person’s daily routine and lead to secondary problems such as muscle injury and headaches. Benefits of our chiropractic neck treatment include:
- Short long-term pain relief
- Reduced stress due to the release of feel-good chemicals in the body
- Improved range of motion
- Less muscle tension and tightness
- Prevention of more serious problems
- Little to no side effects
With our chiropractic care, we can help our patients to achieve the lasting relief they need through a more natural approach. While surgery may be necessary for extreme cases, it is crucial to attempt all non-surgical methods first with a chiropractor.
Professional Relief from the Pain
While people assume chiropractic care mainly focuses on the spine, the spine connects the parts of the body. Pain in the neck can be the result of various issues or injuries. The longer the pain remains untreated, the more likely the condition will get worse. Even a minor fender bender can cause the neck to sustain a significant amount of force, leading to whiplash and other symptoms.
Even if the pain is not at its worst or does not seem to be persistent, a chiropractor can detect the early warning signs and recommend treatment. When the neck is out of place, it often puts pressure on the nerves near the head and causes headaches of all kinds.
Neck pain is not the only indication that the neck is injured. Common neck-related symptoms include TMJ, along with muscle tension in the upper back or shoulders. Other signs include numbness or tingling in the arms or hands, along with the inability to turn the head.
The Treatment Process
Neck pain treatment will begin with an evaluation of the patient's medical history, current condition, allergies, insurance and other lifestyle factors. After examining the neck and any areas with related pain, we will determine the source. We can then begin to customize treatment to the needs of the patient.
This treatment will address the pain while taking the bones, muscles and nerves in the neck into consideration. If the neck pain is the result of a bone being out of place, then we will complete an adjustment. Our chiropractor will make a specific manual adjustment with just the right amount of force to put the bone back into the proper position.
Muscle work, such as trigger point therapy, massage or other methods, can help to promote healing. The number of appointments will vary on the patient, the type of injury and the extent of the damage. The more the patient participates in the treatment and follows instructions, the more likely they are to have an efficient and easier healing process.
Continuing Treatment and Follow-Up Care
Once the area begins to stabilize, we will most likely recommend exercises to strengthen the neck. In some cases, the patient will continue with physical therapy appointments at our practice to complete these exercises. The patient may also continue these exercises at home to further recovery.
Neck pain often indicates that the problem has been there a while, so Dr. Chris Smith, DC will generally recommend a series of appointments to complete the healing process. Visits are typically more frequent in the beginning to make sure the bone can be put back into place as soon as possible. Over time, the area will begin to hold the adjustment for more extended periods. Once this occurs, the frequency of appointments will decrease.
Patients can assist with the healing process by following specific instructions at home. Along with applying ice or heat to the area, we will also restrict certain activities or types of exercise to prevent injuring the area further.
Call Us Today
Call us at 815-893-1698 and schedule an appointment today to receive the professional neck pain treatment you need.
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