Neck and upper back pain
Neck and upper back pain is common in our society, and is often from poor posture and other stress on the spine from workplace demands, prolonged computer use, or a pillow that offers inadequate support during sleep. Other times it may be due to a strain while lifting awkwardly, or from an accident or fall.
Some people may wake up with a “kink” in the neck or upper back, or pain radiating into the shoulder and down the arm. This may be accompanied by an inability to turn the head fully.
Whatever the event that started the pain, the result is that the small joints of the neck that normally allow free movement become inflamed, irritated, and tight. The spinal nerves near the involved joints also supply the upper back and the head, so headaches, shoulder pain, or upper back pain may accompany a problem in the neck.
Many people suffer through this, not realizing that chiropractic care can quickly, safely and easily tackle the problem much more quickly than if they waited for the pain to go away on its own. Generally, the sooner the problem is treated, the more quickly it can be resolved.
FAQ: Will the chiropractor “crack” my neck?
The short answer is, not necessarily. Many neck problems can be relieved with a chiropractic adjustment, which is a quick, controlled thrust to a stiff joint. Sometimes a popping sound (not “crack”) is heard during the adjustment. The sound is caused when tiny pockets of air are released from the joint as it is moved. Usually patients reported the adjustment felt good and relieved discomfort to allow better movement.
However, not all patients with neck pain should necessarily have this kind of manipulation, and some simply choose not to. Different techniques (such as mobilization and soft tissue release techniques) may be used in such cases. After a thorough examination, recommendations and alternatives will be discussed with each individual patient. The choice to proceed with any particular method of treatment is always up to the patient.