What Causes Neck Pain?
Neck pain can be caused by several different structures.
- Your neck is comprised of joints that allow your neck to move in all directions.
- Muscles that contract to move the neck around it’s joints.
- Muscles that stabilize the neck for upright posture.
- Tendons that connect muscles to bones.
- Ligaments that form the capsules the surround joints and connect bone to bone.
- Discs that are the cushions and shock absorbers between most of the vertebrae.
- Bones that are called vertebrae around which axis of movement is formed, and stability is achieved.
- Nerves that connect to every joint, muscle, tendon and give feedback to the brain and spinal cord.
Neck symptoms can stay local to the neck or the pain can travel. The pain can travel to the thoracic area and scapula or down the arm and even to the hand. Neck issues can even cause headaches and jaw pain. Any of these symptoms are still candidates for our conservative, natural and drug free approach. Even if you have had neck pain for a long time, we have had great success improving your daily function and quality of life. A detailed analysis of all of the structures listed above is needed to discern the cause of your neck pain.
The key to neck pain is the problem is always holistic in nature. A patient will present with neck tightness, but not know their T1-T4 vertebrae are rotated to the right and that there right scapular muscles are inhibited(not firing) for instance. All the while they thought the problem and solution were in their neck!
Since we take a comprehensive approach the game plan will involve hands on and active care for the muscles, discs, joints, and fascia of the neck but also usually the shoulder and thoracic spine a the minimum.