Whether the cause for your neck pain is whiplash or poor posture, there’s no reason to continue living in pain. Dr. Manuel M. Mendez has substantial experience treating neck pain patients.
The first step to effective neck pain treatment is to identify the underlying cause. For many patients, a whiplash injury has caused a cervical spine misalignment, which in turn is triggering pain. While most whiplash injuries are associated with car accidents, sports and roller coasters can also lead to whiplash. A whiplash injury occurs when the force of a rear impact knocks the cervical spine out of alignment. The cervical spine is now abnormally covered, with the upper cervical spine hyperextended and the lower cervical spine hyperflexed. Not only does this abnormal curvature strain the spine, but it also strains the soft tissues holding the spine together. Consequently, whiplash victims experience neck pain, headaches and migraines.
Whiplash injury pain can severely compromise a patient’s quality of life. While medication provides temporary relief, drugs only “cover up” pain symptoms. Once the medication wears off, the pain returns. We identify and treat the underlying cause for your pain, providing our patients with long-term relief. Dr. Mendez’s adjustment techniques include the Activator Method, Flexion/Distraction, Drop table, and the Gonstead Technique. These chiropractic techniques are effective, non-invasive treatments that bring proper alignment back to the spine.
Neck problems can also involve the soft tissues surrounding the spine, there can be micro-tears that cause inflammation and mobility restrictions. Many of our patients initially have great difficulty turning their head from side to side. They also struggle to look up and down or look over their shoulder. This mobility restriction is not only frustrating, but can make everyday tasks, like driving a car, unsafe and difficult to perform.
In addition to whiplash injuries, poor posture is a common cause for neck pain. Many of the patients that are treated with neck pain spend a significant amount of time hunched over a computer screen at work. When the head leans forward, this action pushes the shoulders forward, rounds the upper back and strains the cervical vertebrae. Ergonomic adjustments to the workplace help improve posture and minimize neck strain.
Chiropractic care is a drug-free, non-surgical treatment that is highly effective for managing neck pain. To learn more about how chiropractic care can help manage your neck pain, contact us today!