Here are the three most common causes of neck pain and what you can expect from Dr. Henry and his TexStar Chiro :
Injury and Accidents: A sudden forced movement of
the head or neck in any direction and the resulting
“rebound” in the opposite direction is known as
whiplash. The sudden “whipping” motion injures the
surrounding and supporting tissues of the neck and
head. Muscles react by tightening and contracting, creating
muscle fatigue, which can result in pain and stiffness.
Severe whiplash can also be associated with
injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, muscles,
and nerve roots. Car accidents are the most common
cause of whiplash.
Growing Older: Degenerative disorders such as
osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc
disease directly affect the spine.
• Osteoarthritis, a common joint disorder, causes progressive
deterioration of cartilage. The body reacts by
forming bone spurs that affect joint motion.
• Spinal stenosis causes the small nerve passageways
in the vertebrae to narrow, compressing and trapping
nerve roots. Stenosis may cause neck, shoulder, and
arm pain, as well as numbness, when these nerves are
unable to function normally.
• Degenerative disc disease can cause reduction in the
elasticity and height of intervertebral discs. Over time, a
disc may bulge or herniate, causing tingling, numbness,
and pain that runs into the arm.
Daily Life: Poor posture, obesity, and weak abdominal
muscles often disrupt spinal balance, causing the neck
to bend forward to compensate. Stress and emotional
tension can cause muscles to tighten and contract,
resulting in pain and stiffness. Postural stress can contribute
to chronic neck pain with symptoms extending
into the upper back and the arms.
Dr. Henry's Approach To Treating Your Neck Pain
Dr. Henry will perform
exams to locate the source of your pain and will ask you
questions about your current symptoms and remedies
you may have already tried. For example:
• When did the pain start?
• What have you done for your neck pain?
• Does the pain radiate or travel to other parts of your
• Does anything reduce the pain or make it worse?
One common and very effective treatment is defined as cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation is a precise procedure applied to the joints of the
neck, usually by hand. A neck adjustment works to
improve the mobility of the spine and to restore range of
motion; it can also increase movement of the adjoining
muscles. Patients typically notice an improved ability to
turn and tilt the head, and a reduction of pain, soreness,
Dr. Henry likely will develop a program of
care that combines more than one type of treatment,
depending on your personal needs. In addition
to manipulation, the treatment plan may include mobilization,
massage or rehabilitative exercises, and/or other proven effective treatment options.