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Neck Pain Specialist in Augusta GA

1/9/2014
Neck pain is just that – pain in the neck. Pain can be localized to the cervical spine or may radiate down an arm (radiculopathy). All age groups are at risk of developing neck pain.

NECK PAIN SPECIALIST IN AUGUSTA GA

WHAT IS NECK PAIN?
Acute strain may occur after sleeping in an awkward position.


Neck pain is just that – pain in the neck. Pain can be localized to the cervical spine or may radiate down an arm (radiculopathy). All age groups are at risk of developing neck pain. People who sit in one location staring at computer screens for long periods of time may be at an increased risk. About 10% of the population has an episode of neck pain each year. Neck pain may occur slightly more frequently in women than men.

WHAT CAUSES NECK PAIN?
Most episodes of neck pain are caused by the wearing out of the
structures (mechanical) of the neck, which is associated with aging, or with overuse of the neck or arms. About 10% of instances of neck pain are associated with systemic illnesses, such as polymyalgia rheumatica.

The common mechanical disorders that cause neck pain are the following:

  • Muscle strains usually related to prolonged physical activity such as sitting at computer terminals for extended periods of time. Acute strain also may occur after sleeping in an awkward position.
  • Osteoarthritis resulting from the narrowing of the intervertebral discs (pieces of cartilage between the bones [vertebra]) of the spine. The neighboring vertebrae grow spurs in response to the increasing pressure placed on them. The bony growths can cause localized pain in the neck or arm related to nerve compression.
  • Herniated intervertebral discs cause arm pain more frequently than neck pain. The pinching of a nerve in the neck causes severe arm pain (brachialgia). Disc herniations may cause a loss of function of the nerve that may include a loss of reflex, feeling, or muscle strength.
  • Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal that causes compression of the spinal cord (cervical myelopathy). The narrowing is caused by disc bulging, bony spurs, and thickening of spinal ligaments. The squeezing of the spinal cord may not cause neck pain in all cases but is associated with leg numbness, weakness, and loss of bladder or rectum control.
  • Whiplash is a suddenly fast forward and backward injury to the soft tissues of the neck, most commonly caused by rear-impact car accidents. The pain and stiffness associated with these accidents generally develop 24-48 hours after the injury.



Treatment for Neck Pain in Augusta GA

For an experienced Augusta GA Chiropractor, Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic has successfully treated various types of neck pain, including text neckwhiplashtorticollis, and brachial plexus stingers. The first step is determining the cause of your neck pain, and once that is determined, treatments can be personalized for your specific neck condition.  Feel free to contact us to find out if our customized treatments with an experienced chiropractor in Augusta GA is the right avenue of care for your condition.

Debbie's Success Story for Neck Pain with Dr. Mark Huntsman:

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Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic
205 Old Blackstone Camp Rd
Augusta, GA 30907
(706) 814-5053
http://www.georgia-clinic.com

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