How chiropractic treatments can help neck pain
Chiropractic treatments for the neck are used to manage symptoms that can come from injury to the cervical (upper) spine, such as whiplash, as well as age-related conditions like a herniated disc or an arthritic bone spur. Chiropractic therapy is often combined with other methods like physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, diet and exercise as part of a broader conservative treatment plan.
If chronic pain related to a spine condition is taking you away from normal everyday activity it is important to explore the full range of treatments. Having an understanding of chiropractic treatments for the neck can help make a more informed treatment decision with a better chance of returning you to a full and active life.
Chiropractic treatments for the neck
Chiropractic medicine focuses on the proper alignment of the musculoskeletal system, with particular emphasis on the spine. Many patients will visit a chiropractor for an initial diagnosis of neck pain because a licensed doctor of chiropractic has a deep functional knowledge of spinal anatomy. The diagnostic techniques used are often the same used by a medical doctor, including:
- A thorough review of your medical history to determine your disposition to certain conditions.
- A physical examination including palpation, or careful touching, of the area causing pain.
- Use of imaging tests, such as X-ray, MRI or CT scan.
Once the diagnosis is made, a chiropractor will use spinal manipulation to try to alleviate pain and other symptoms associated with a compressed cervical nerve root. The goal of chiropractic adjustment is to manually line up the spine which can hopefully take pressure off the affected nerve. When used consistently with other physician-recommended options, many patients are able to find the relief needed to regain their normal functions.
If chronic, debilitating neck pain persists despite weeks or months of conservative treatment, a physician or chiropractor might suggest surgery as an option. Traditional open spine surgery is seen as a last resort because it requires a large muscle-tearing incision to access the spine and decompress nerves.
Laser Spine Institute offers an alternative with minimally invasive spine surgery performed on an outpatient basis. These procedures use a smaller incision than traditional open spine surgery which results in less muscle disruption and a shorter recovery time for patients.^
Contact Laser Spine Institute for a no-cost review* of your MRI or CT scan to help determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.