About 50% of the U.S. population suffer from neck pain yet fail to go to a chiropractor Little Falls MN. It has also been found once you have a neck pain episode, you are 50%-85% likely to have another one in the next five years. At any given moment, 9% of men and 12% of women have neck pain with or without arm and hand pain, and 35% of the population can remember having had back pain at some time. Clinical pearl: Most people who have neck pain do not seek professional chiropractor Little Falls MN attention because they regard it as a part of life and wait for it to disappear. This is a problem, and a big one, because the presence of pain indicates that there is a problem. And just like if you were to leave a toothache unattended, if you leave a neck ache unattended, it just gets worse!
Due to its unique role of “positioner of the head”, it requires muscle coordination and joint alignment to stay healthy. That is why having a chiropractor Little Falls MN to guide you is so helpful. Comprised of soft-tissue like muscle, ligament, cartilage, and nerve as well as hard-tissue like bone, determining the exact cause of neck pain can be difficult. Furthermore, issues of the shoulder girdle (rotator cuff/shoulder blade) often refer pain to the neck due to it being the origin of those regions. It is also common region for the development of degenerative joint disease and arthritis adding another layer of complexity. The neck can be the end-site for referred pain from multiple organic issues such as infection, heart disease, neurologic diseases, and more. Many important structures pass through the spinal column in the neck, including the spinal cord, spinal nerves, and the carotid and vertebral arteries. These structures, vital to health and wellbeing, require protection which the vertebrae provide. The nerves exit the spine (called “nerve roots”) are vulnerable to being injured, more so than other regions of the spine.
Associated signs and symptoms:
- Numbness/tingling in face, arms, and hands
- Stiffness of neck
- Pain worsens when holding head in one position for extended periods like when watching TV or trying to fall asleep in bed
- Muscle tightness and “knots”
- Sharp pain with quick movement
It is crucial to differentiate between nerve root, spinal cord, cartilage, and muscle injuries in order to treat the pain or symptoms in an effective and quick manner. This is why, at Chiro Plus Rehab, step one by your chiropractor Little Falls MN is a thorough assessment that checks your joint’s alignment, nerve health, muscle strength and balance, and the integrity of the cartilage, tendon, and bone. We do this through a series of orthopedic, neurologic, postural, and muscle tests. We also have an on-site, digital x-ray unit when radiographic analysis is needed. The final and a unique component to our chiropractor Little Falls MN examination process is our signature Functional Movement Screen which can detect faulty movement habits (like poor posture of the neck when sitting) that is triggering your pain.
The standard approach to neck pain is usually a combination or ice/heat, rest, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and maybe physical therapy by a chiropractor Little Falls MN. At Chiro Plus Rehab we combine adjustments, hands-on muscle therapy, therapeutic exercises and Corrective Movement Therapy as well with passive modalities (like Electric Muscle Stimulation) to eliminate pain quickly. And then provide you with self-care advice to keep things good once they’re there. Why? Because our goal is to provide the most complete physical care experience possible and get you back to life.
A Doctor’s Note
It’s been my experience in the chiropractor Little Falls MN industry that some people are hesitant to go to a chiropractor and have their neck “cracked”. And I totally get that. Here’s the thing: chiropractic adjustments, hands-on muscle therapy, and therapeutic exercises can provide an incredible amount of relief and are extremely safe when provided by a trained professional. I don’t have a blackbelt in karate. I don’t “karate chop” people’s necks. I also don’t “crack” anyone. What I do, as a chiropractor, is put a very gentle, very specific “adjustment” to a joint that needs help.
Eliminating neck pain doesn’t have to be such a pain in the neck!
If you’re suffering from neck pain, don’t wait to see a chiropractor Little Falls MN. Give us a call at 320-632-9224 and schedule your $37 New Patient Special today. Find a chiropractor Little Falls MN that can walk you throught a treatment plan, get started today!
“I was experiencing upper back, neck, and shoulder pain for an extended period of time. It was a daily pain that was getting worse to the point of being almost constant discomfort and pain. I did occasional chiropractic care, but experienced little relief. After going to Dr. Grams and doing adjustments along with rehab exercises and muscle work, I feel much better and I no longer have constant discomfort and pain. By continuing with regular adjustments and doing exercises at home I feel better than I have in years.”
“I had a sore neck with not much ability to turn or look from side/side which interfered with driving. Now, my neck is almost pain-free and moves freely. Moves much better.”
“I had a sore neck and shoulders, but now the pain is gone. I think the treatment I got was really good!”
“I had pain in my upper shoulders and neck that were made worse by deployment overseas. After adjustments, physical therapy exercises and deep tissue work, my pain has been reduced drastically and the scar tissue in my neck and shoulder is melting away.”
“When I came to see Dr. Grams, I was in a moderate to severe amount of pain. I was getting migraines 1-3 x daily for weeks straight. I was stiff and very sore daily. The issues in my neck caused sharp, shooting, stabbing pain down both arms and into my hands and fingers. All of this pain affected my mobility. I couldn’t sit, stand or walk for very long at one time. Since seeing Dr. Grams my chronic pain has been reduced by 50%+, I’ve gained back my mobility, and I’ve cut my meds down by half.”
*Patients took great care in strictly following the treatment plan prescribed by their chiropractor Little Falls MN of choice.