You’re more likely to experience neck pain if your spine and surrounding tissues aren’t properly aligned. At Illinois Spinal Care in Elmhurst and Palatine, Illinois, experienced chiropractor Travis Bertke, DC, and the team use hands-on therapies, like chiropractic adjustments, to ensure proper musculoskeletal alignment. Chiropractic care provides a safe and effective way to relieve neck pain and prevent it from worsening. Call the nearest office today to schedule an appointment or book your visit online.

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When should I see a doctor of chiropractic about neck pain?

Make an appointment at Illinois Spinal Care if you have neck pain lasting more than a few days and it fails to improve with rest, ice, and activity changes.

Your neck has seven vertebrae supported by dozens of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These hard and soft tissues work together, letting you look up and down and turn your head from side to side. They’re incredibly tough but not invincible. Persistent pain indicates an underlying problem, so treating it before it worsens is crucial.

 What are some common causes of neck pain?

The Illinois Spinal Care team treats neck pain caused by various things, including:

  • Muscle strains
  • Worn joints
  • Herniated discs
  • Nerve compression
  • Auto injuries, like whiplash

Sometimes, neck pain occurs due to an underlying medical issue, like arthritis or meningitis.

How does a doctor of chiropractic diagnose neck pain?

Your Illinois Spinal Care provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, what it feels like, and if it’s worse during certain activities, like driving or sitting at a computer.

Your provider completes a physical exam, checking your neck and shoulders for redness, bruising, and swelling. They assess your neck’s range of motion and gently press on your spine and shoulders to pinpoint sensitive areas.

They might order X-rays if they suspect an underlying medical issue, like arthritis or a herniated disc.

How does a doctor of chiropractic treat neck pain?

The Illinois Spinal Care team treats neck pain using a conservative and minimally invasive approach. Because most neck pain is caused by misalignments, treatment often involves realigning your spinal column with one of the following procedures:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Spinal decompression therapy
  • Therapeutic massage therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Wearing a neck brace
  • Ice and rest
  • Activity changes
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial release

Since neck pain is complex, it often takes a combination of several treatments to achieve lasting relief. Follow your chiropractor’s instructions and attend each of your scheduled appointments.

Is there any way to prevent neck pain?

The easiest way to prevent neck pain is to take good care of your spine. The Illinois Spinal Care team recommends maintaining a healthy weight, practicing good posture, and regularly exercising.

Call the nearest Illinois Spinal Care office today to schedule neck pain treatment, or book your visit online.