Neck Pain Causes

“Where Neck Pain Comes From…
Plus BEST Treatment Combination…”


Neck pain can arise from a number of different tissues in the neck. Often, pain is generated from the small joints in the back of the vertebra (called facets). Pain can also arise from disc related conditions where the liquid-like center part of the disc works its way out through cracks and tears in the thicker outer part of the disc and can press on nerves producing numbness and/or weakness in the arm or hand. It is also possible to “sprain” the neck in car accidents, sports injuries, or from slips and falls.

This is where ligaments tear and lose their stability resulting in excessive sliding back and forth of the vertebrae during neck movements. Also, muscles or their tendon attachments to bone can be injured.  These injuries are called “strains” and pain can occur where the muscle is torn. There is also referred pain. Here, the injury is at a distance away from where the pain is felt. A classic referred pain pattern is shoulder blade pain when a disc in the neck herniates.

Let’s take a closer look at two common neck conditions.

Spinal Stenosis: This occurs when the canals in the spine narrow to the point of pinching the spinal cord in the canal or when the nerve roots get pinched.  This can occur from bone spurs due to arthritis in the facet joints, disc bulging or herniations, thickening of ligaments, shifting of one vertebra over another, aging, heredity (being born with a narrowed canal), and/or from tumors. Usually, combinations of several of the above occur simultaneously. Symptoms can include pain, numbness or weakness in one or both arms or hands.

Cervical Disc Herniation: As mentioned above, the liquid-like center of the disc can work its way through cracks and tears in the outer layer of the disc and press on a nerve resulting in numbness, pain, and/or weakness in the arm or hand. The classic presentation is the patient finding relief by holding the arm over the head, as this puts slack in the nerve and it hurts less in this position. The position of the head also makes a difference as looking up usually hurts more and can increase the arm or hand pain/numbness while looking down reduces the symptoms.

If Spinal Stenosis or Cervical Disc Herniation is not treated promptly or properly, this can lead to neck surgery.  The good news is that chiropractic care can manage both spinal stenosis and cervical disc herniations BEFORE they reach the point of needing surgery.  So get treated right away when your neck, arm or hand hurt, become numb or tingles.

Here are some interesting statistics:  up to 70% of the general population will have neck pain at some point in their life. Recovery within the year from neck pain ranges between 33% and 65%, AND relapses are common throughout the lifetime of the neck pain patient. Generally, neck pain is more common in women, higher in high-income countries, and higher in urban regions. The greatest risk of developing neck pain occurs between 35 and 49 years of age. Since neck pain, very similar to low back pain, is very common and likely to recur over and over again, the question is, what is the best course of action regarding treatment?

A recent study on neck pain patients compared the effectiveness of chiropractic care, physical therapy and medical care. The success rate determined at the seventh week was TWO TIMES BETTER for the chiropractic group (68.3%) compared to the medical care group. Those receiving chiropractic care also had fewer absences from work compared to both the medical and physical therapy treated groups. Another study looked at the multiple approaches that chiropractors use for treating patients with neck pain to determine the “best” approach a chiropractor can use. They reported that 94% had improvement or less neck pain after just one chiropractic treatment when the mid-back (thoracic spine) was also adjusted.

Many of our patients have experienced neck pain relief from the Pro-Adjuster Computerized Spinal Treatments they received at our clinic.  To discover how the Pro-Adjuster relieves neck pain, go to our website Click on the “Services” tab.  Then click on “Computerized Spinal Treatment.”  This article will also walk you through the basics of exactly how you experience neck pain and ways to relieve it.

If you have neck pain, call our office at (831) 475-8600 and schedule to get treated right away to prevent the problem from getting much worse.

If you have a friend or a family member that has neck pain, please tell them to go to our website to discover non-invasive ways to treat their neck pain.  Thank you in advance for your referral.

We look forward to helping you and your friends and family.


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