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What is Neck Pain?
Neck pain is a common problem that affects millions of people each year. Neck pain is more than just general soreness or an occasional muscle strain; it’s a serious condition that can lead to permanent damage if left untreated.
Neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, poor sleeping habits, car accidents, sports injuries, repetitive motions, aging, poor posture, or vertebral misalignments.
Signs and Symptoms of Neck Pain
Neck pain is often accompanied by many different signs and symptoms. Aside from pain, the most common symptoms are numbness and/or tingling in the arms or hands, muscle tenderness, headaches, difficulty swallowing, and neck mobility issues.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Effects Neck Pain
The upper cervical spine plays a key role in maintaining the health and wellbeing of the head and neck area. Due to the location of the vertebrae in this part of the spine, vertebral misalignment in the upper cervical region can put significant strain on the nerves and soft tissue structures that support the head. This can cause a variety of problems, including weakness in the arms and hands, difficulty moving the head, poor posture, and ultimately neck pain.
Misalignment in the upper cervical spine can also exacerbate other potential causes of neck pain. Unnatural alignment in the cervical vertebrae will not only compress and pinch nerves, but it will also restrict blood flow and worsen existing postural defects. Over time, these issues can lead to more serious problems in the neck area, such as spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease.
How Our Neck Pain Treatment Works
Our neck pain treatment targets the source of the problem – the upper cervical spine. Before your treatment begins, our trained team will use digital X-rays and cone-beam computed tomography to scan your neck for vertebral misalignments.
If a misalignment is detected, our expert chiropractors, Dr. Hoefer, will restore proper alignment to the affected vertebra via a series of gentle and precise upper cervical adjustments. This adjustment program will not only relieve pain in the neck and head area, but it will also allow us to correct other problems that may be contributing to the pain, such as postural defects, muscle spasms, and disc degeneration.
If you have persistent neck pain that you haven’t been able to treat with traditional methods, an upper cervical adjustment may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Dr. Hoefer provides treatment for neck pain to patients across Orange County, including Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Dana Point, San Clemente, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana.