SUDDEN ONSET NECK PAIN
Neck pain that comes on suddenly may be due to an accident or could be a buildup of mini-traumas until finally the pain surfaces when you do an activity you’ve done hundreds of times like getting cereal out of an overhead cupboard. Any injury in the neck region can be serious which is why anyone involved in a severe trauma should not be moved until the neck is immobilized. Even if the trauma is not severe, neck pain could be serious. The vertebra (individual bones in the spine) encase nerves originating in the brain. These vertebra are well cushioned by disks and protected by some pretty strong muscles, but they are also put up with a lot of stress in the course of a normal life. As the discs wear out (degenerative changes), or the vertebra get misaligned, the nerves can be affected and become more active (hyperactive) or less active(hypoactive). Either way, it makes your life less comfortable and might even shorten your life span. A chiropractor can determine the nature of your problem; refer you to another specialist if your condition warrants;or correct any misalignments before they become big problems.
LONG-TERM NECK PAIN
One of the worst things we do to ourselves is assume that a “pain in the neck” is something normal and that everyone should cope with. Your neck is designed to move freely and function normally in spite of the stresses it experiences day by day. Pain is a sign that something is keeping your neck from functioning normally—as it’s designed to do.The pain may stem from muscles, tendons, ligaments or spinal injury;or a combination of all of the above. Regardless of the cause, a good chiropractor will determine what is causing your neck pain, outline a course of treatment to relieve the problem, and keep your neck operating as it’s designed to do.
Not relieving neck pain may allow degenerative changes including bone spurs, spinal decay, and fusing of spinal joints to occur along with degeneration of the organs and tissues deprived of normal nerve control.Not only is a “pain in the neck” a pain in the neck, it can threaten the quality of your life.