Because your neck supports the weight of your head (an average of 12 pounds) and provides a wide range of motion, it’s especially susceptible to pain and injury. Dr. Jason Leavitt and the skilled health care team at Ultimate Health Medical Clinic diagnoses and treats all types of neck pain at their office in Littleton, Colorado. If you suffer from neck pain, don’t hesitate to call us at (303) 904-0331 or book an appointment online today.
What causes neck pain?
Your neck, or cervical spine, is vulnerable to a variety of problems that cause pain on varying levels. These problems range from muscle strains that result from poor posture to chronic conditions like osteoarthritis. The team at Ultimate Health Medical Clinic in Littleton treats many causes of neck pain, including:
Accidents and injuries
Neck injuries can result from playing contact sports, falling from a height, or getting into a motor vehicle accident. Whiplash is the most common type of neck injury that typically occurs during a rear-end car collision, and our doctors are experienced in treating whiplash in our Littleton chiropractic office. If you have suffered whiplash or think you may have injuries related to a car accident, it’s extremely important to be seen right away.
A herniated disc happens when the soft gel-like substance inside your spinal disc leaks out. When this happens, the disc herniation may press on a nearby nerve in your neck and cause pain.
As you age, the tissues in your body begin to deteriorate. This can lead to a variety of common conditions, including osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis. These disorders can cause bone spurs or herniated discs that create pressure on a nerve in your neck and lead to pain.
Muscle weaknesses and skeletal misalignments can disrupt the balance of your spine. This may cause your neck to bend forward to compensate. Over time, poor posture can cause neck pain and stiffness that may extend to your upper back, shoulders, and arms. Read these helpful posture tips, especially if you work from home. Our Littleton chiropractors recommend regular adjustments and stretching techniques to help ward off poor posture and the long-term damage it can do.
How is neck pain treated?
Neck pain often goes away on its own with simple home remedies like heat packs or activity modifications. Seek medical care right away if your neck pain is severe or if it starts immediately after a fall or car accident. If you’re feeling pain right now and need to book an emergency chiropractic appointment, give our office a call at 303.904.0331 and we’ll fit you in.
The team at Ultimate Health Medical Center carefully evaluates your symptoms and performs a chiropractic exam to pinpoint the exact cause of your neck pain. Then, we develop a treatment plan customized to your particular needs.
Depending on the cause and severity of your neck pain, treatment may include:
The entire team at Ultimate Health Medical Clinic tailors your neck and back pain treatment plan to your individual needs and makes sure to walk you through each option carefully. If neck or back pain is bothering you, call Ultimate Health Medical Clinic or book an appointment online today. We have emergency and same-day appointments available for new and existing patients, and if you’re new to chiropractic care or new to the Littleton area, consultations are free.