The neck distinguishes the head from the trunk of the body and is comprised of seven cervical vertebrae. It supports the weight of the head and provides motion to turn the head, in addition to protecting the spinal cord and many nerve roots. The neck is a complicated structure that is also susceptible to injury and chronic pain.
Causes of neck pain
When the ligaments that hold the joints of the spine in alignment are overstretched, the resulting instability can cause neck pain and a myriad of other symptoms. With the increase of computer and cell phone use, many people maintain forward head posture for hours at a time, and neck pain complaints are becoming more common. Neck pain not only makes working on computers more difficult, but may also hinder performance in sports and activities where the head may be cocked, including cycling or yoga. Chronic neck pain can be a result of:
- Cervical instability
- Herniated disc
- Overmanipulation (too many high velocity chiropractic adjustments)
- Pinched nerve
- Poor posture or form
- Whiplash or other trauma
Symptoms of neck pain
Headaches and muscle spasms are commonly reported along with neck pain, in patients who seek care for neck pain. People often complain of tension or spasms through the back of the neck that goes into the shoulders and upper back. Upon exam, clicking of the neck vertebrae is also a key finding, along with the desire to “crack” one’s neck through the day. In more severe cases of cervical radiculopathy, pain will shoot from the neck down into the arms and fingers, often causing a numb or burning sensation.
How Prolotherapy can help neck pain
By strengthening and tightening the ligament attachments in the neck and base of the skull, the body is able to again maintain proper alignment on its own. In doing so, Prolotherapy can help eliminate neck pain and the associated conditions including: radiculopathy, tension and migraine headaches, degenerative disc disease, and Barre-Lieou syndrome, among others.