Most minor neck aches go away with a little bit of self-care. See a chiropractor for neck pain when your self-care efforts don’t seem to be working and pain doesn’t improve – or even gets worse – over a few days. It’s also a good idea to see a chiropractor if you know that an injury caused your neck pain. For example, you’ll want to get an exam after a car accident, just to make sure everything is okay.
Common Causes of Neck Pain and Self-Care Tips to Try
Many different things cause neck pain. Commonly, it’s the little things people do that make their necks hurt at the end of the day. For example, you might have poor posture while working at your computer. You might hold your head at a strange angle when talking on the phone. Or you might have sleep habits that could use some improvement.
If you find that your neck aches after a long day at work, some good old-fashioned self-care might be all you need. Try applying ice or heat for 15 minutes three times a day. You can also try carefully stretching your neck. (Note that you should really go gently when stretching sore muscles. It shouldn’t feel painful.) Massage can also help. And you’ll want to think through your day to try to address the lifestyle habits that caused the pain in the first place.
Knowing When to Call the Chiropractor
If your self-care isn’t working, it’s time to call the chiropractor. You’ll also want to call the chiropractor right away if:
- You are too uncomfortable to complete daily activities
- The pain seems to be getting worse
- The pain radiates down your arms or legs
- You also have a headache
Neck pain doesn’t just come from sitting in front of a computer all day. Accidents are another common cause of neck pain. If you were involved in a car accident or suffered a sports injury, you’ll want to see a chiropractor right away to get checked out.
What to Expect When You Call the Chiropractor for Neck Pain
When you visit a chiropractor for your neck pain, he will talk with you about your symptoms and may recommend some additional testing. He’ll then make a diagnosis and create a personalized treatment plan just for you. The treatment plan is designed to target the underlying cause of the neck pain so that you feel better and stay that way.
What is chiropractic treatment for neck pain like? Your treatment may include spinal manipulation and other proven methods. Your chiropractor might also teach you some stretches and talk with you about proper posture, exercise and nutrition.
If you’re thinking that it’s time to see a chiropractor for your neck pain, fill in the online contact form on our contact page or call us at 704-659-3311. We can answer your questions and make an appointment.