Neck Pain Specialist

Active Health Clinics

Chiropractic Clinic & Regenerative Medicine located in Fort Dodge, IA

Neck pain is often a result of tissue damage from injuries or wear-and-tear of normal daily activities such as cell phone use or sleeping wrong, problems that chiropractic is ideally suited to treating. The experienced chiropractic specialists at Active Health Clinics in Fort Dodge, Iowa, are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal neck pain, relieving both the discomfort and the misalignment or tissue damage that’s causing it. If your neck is giving you sleepless nights, call Active Health Clinics today to schedule a consultation, or book your appointment online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What can cause neck pain?

Neck pain is typically due to damage affecting one or more of the tissues within the neck, which include muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and the cervical vertebrae, which are the bones at the top of your spine. 

Strains and sprains, overuse, wear-and-tear, and tension can all cause damage and pain. Specifically, common causes of neck pain include:

  • Stress
  • Poor posture
  • Text neck
  • Sitting or sleeping in an unusual position
  • Teeth grinding
  • Smoking
  • Carrying heavy luggage
  • Whiplash injuries from car accidents
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs

If you have a neck injury and don’t receive appropriate treatment, it may become a chronic problem. Degenerative changes that go unchecked can cause steadily increasing pain and often limit your mobility.

What can I do to avoid neck pain?

Your neck is the top section of your spine, so in exactly the same way that you’d care for your lower back to avoid back pain, you should take precautions against damaging your neck.

Staying active and healthy so that the muscles and connective tissues are strong and flexible is an essential way to keep your neck strong and avoid injury.

Try to avoid triggering misalignment and overstretching soft tissues by not carrying heavy loads on one side of your body and thinking about maintaining a good posture. Make sure you don’t fall asleep with your neck at an awkward angle and support your head properly at night.

If you are under stress, that can cause muscle tension in your neck and is frequently a cause of neck pain. 

The muscles can become so tense they start to form knots, causing chronic inflammation and long-term soreness, so finding ways to manage stress and reduce tension can make a significant difference.

How is neck pain treated?

It’s natural to turn to over-the-counter pain medication if you have neck pain because they can ease your discomfort. However, painkillers don’t tackle the causes of neck pain, you should visit Active Health Clinics to find out what’s causing the pain.

Depending on your diagnosis, you may benefit from one or a combination of:

  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Massage therapy
  • Active release techniques (ART )
  • Muscle mobility and stretching
  • Traction
  • Ultrasound

If neck pain is affecting your daily life, the sooner you seek treatment, the quicker you’ll get back to normal. Call Active Health Clinics today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.