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Archive for the 'Neck Pain' Category

Managing Forward Head Posture

With the rise of smartphones and social media apps that keep users glued to small screens for hours upon hours, forward head posture is becoming more common. Unfortunately, this postural fault can set the stage for neck pain. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 60% of patients with neck pain exhibit forward head posture. [..]

X-Rays for Neck Pain?

For musculoskeletal conditions like neck pain, many people think that X-rays are an essential part of the diagnostic process. However, this isn’t always the case. X-rays may not always provide useful information as to the cause of the patient’s condition, which can result in added costs and potentially inappropriate care, not to mention unnecessary radiation [..]

Temporomandibular Disorders and Posture

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most intricate and frequently utilized joints in the human body, working in conjunction with the internal and external pterygoids, masseter, and temporalis muscles to open and close the jaw, as well as stabilizing the hyoid bone during swallowing and protecting the airway while chewing and talking. Musculoskeletal [..]

Why Is Neck Pain So Common?

Neck pain is one of the most frequent reasons patients seek chiropractic care, second to low back pain. One study noted that neck pain was the primary cause for work absence among 25.5 million American adults in 2012. When considering lost productivity, disability, and healthcare spending, neck pain takes a heavy financial toll on society. [..]

The Thoracic Spine and Neck Pain

Neck pain is a very common condition that is the second most common reason patients seek chiropractic care (after low back pain). The term “mechanical neck pain” is a common classification defined as pain located in the cervical spine or cervicothoracic junction that is elicited and/or exacerbated by cervical motion and/or palpation of cervical musculature. [..]

Posture and Neck Pain in the Younger Population

After low back pain, neck pain is the most common reason for a visit to a chiropractic office. There are many risk factors for neck pain including postural faults in the neck and upper torso. Let’s look at how common poor posture is among youths and what can be done to reduce the risk for [..]

When Neck Pain Suggests a More Serious Condition

Neck pain is among the most common reasons patients visit a doctor’s office. In nearly all cases, neck pain is not a sign of a potentially life-threatening issue and can improve over time with appropriate care, such as manual therapies provided by a doctor of chiropractic. However, there are some conditions in which neck pain [..]

Correct Behaviors that Cause Upper-Cross Syndrome

Upper-cross syndrome (UCS) patients often demonstrate postural defects such as forward head posture, forward or rounded shoulders, and thoracic kyphosis. These postures are becoming more common as computers and device use assumes an even greater part of our lives and can lead to weakness in the muscles in the mid-back and front of the neck [..]

Cervical Spondylosis, Neck Stiffness, and Neck Pain

As we age, the shock-absorbing disks that sit between the spinal vertebrae in the neck can become dehydrated, leading to a condition known as cervical spondylosis (CS). Due to the thinning and reduced flexibility of the disks in the neck, the patient will experience a limited range of motion which they may describe as stiffness. [..]

Treatment for Chronic Non-Specific Neck Pain

While it may sound confusing, the most common type of neck pain is non-specific neck pain; that is, neck pain that occurs in the absence of an underlying disease or pathology, like an infection or osteoporotic fracture. Rather, non-specific neck pain is caused by postural or mechanical issues affecting the soft tissues in the neck. [..]