While there are several things you can do at home to help relieve your neck pain, it’s important to know when it’s time to see a chiropractor for neck pain.
See a chiropractor for neck pain if…
1.Your neck pain or stiffness does not improve after a couple of days
2.You cannot look to the right or left without severe neck pain
3.You feel like you must use over-the-counter pain medications just to make it through the day or are using it more than a couple days to treat your neck pain
4.You’re worried that your neck pain may have a serious cause
5.Your neck pain started in the neck but has moved to numbness or tingling in your hands or wrists
6.Your neck pain started within a few days of a car accident
7.Your neck pain is worse when you first wake up in the morning but then begins to feel a little better as the day progresses
8. You’re also getting headaches
Your chiropractor will conduct a thorough consultation and examination – asking you questions about your symptoms, the history of your neck pain, what types of movement make it worse and which things make it feel better.
During the exam your chiropractor will check to see how well you move your neck. He will look for tenderness or numbness and tingling in your arms or hands.
Seeing your chiropractor for neck pain is always a good choice if you are aware of a specific movement (abnormal motion) that resulted in neck pain such as lifting, falling or a whiplash injury.
Injuries resulting from abnormal motion often cause muscles to become overextended and the vertebra in our neck to shift out of alignment.
Through chiropractic therapy your chiropractor can re-align your vertebra and restore normal motion in your neck.