Soreness In The Neck
Soreness in the neck is a serious problem for many. Not being able to turn your head in all directions is not normal and needs to be addressed and may require medical attention. Neck soreness can be caused by many different things including bone misalignments, muscle spasms, arthritis and spinal cord injury. A doctor of chiropractic will give you an examination and take an x-ray if clinically necessary to determine if the cause is structural, mechanical, or both. There could be a slipped or displaced disk? Have you had a car wreck (auto accident), a slip and fall, a sports injury, or other injuries that can cause damage that only medical tests can determine?
Arthritis can be a factor and can lead to symptoms like soreness. Osteoarthritis (OA) is more common in persons over age 50. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is another possible cause. This can be detected by a blood test. This condition can affect persons of any age. Both are degenerative diseases but can be managed with preventative care such as chiropractic, massage, and therapy.Therapy is usually recommended for most serious neck problems. Usually it is covered by medical insurance if it is prescribed by a doctor.
The of the most common causes of neck soreness is the displacement of a bone (vertebra) in your neck which leads to muscle spasms. The pain may last from minutes to weeks. Simple exercises can be done to gently stretch your neck muscles. These include turning your head to one side then the other, and then tilting your head to one side then the other. Doing these gentle exercise three or four times a day can relieve soreness in the neck. Take a nice hot shower but follow it with ice on your neck or you can use frozed veggies. Avoid situations such as lifting or repetitive motions that impact your neck. The key to ending the pain is to have your neck evaluated, and possibly adjusted to help the neck muscles relax and return to normal. Contact a chiropractor the consultation is usually complimentary.