Neck pain treatment in Beaverton, Oregon
At Catalyst Chiropractic we know how debilitating neck pain in Beaverton OR can be. A sharp pain in your neck can mean anything from not being able to check your blind spot to not getting a good night’s sleep. The bottom line is if your neck hurts, your quality of life drastically decreases. Unfortunately, neck pain is all too common in this era of desk jobs and smart phones. The neck is built to be mobile so that we can move our head to see as much as possible. Mobility is great, but when a joint is mobile it is also unstable. This makes the neck susceptible to a variety of painful conditions. These include:
Poor posture: Stress, repetitive motions, prolonged sitting, and poor ergonomics can cause you to slouch. A slouched posture affects the entire spine, causing the lower and upper back to round out and the neck and head to stick out in front of the shoulders. This posture puts undue stress on the muscles and joints of the neck and upper back, which eventually can cause pain and tightness from muscle fatigue, irritation to the joints of the neck, and even permanent changes to the alignment of the vertebrae in your neck.
Injury: Auto injuries and violent sports collisions often cause whiplash injuries. Whiplash happens when the head is thrown back and forth or side to side very forcefully, causing damage to the soft tissues and misalignment of the vertebrae in the neck. If these injuries are not treated promptly and properly, pain and limited range of motion in the neck can persist for years after your injury.
Arthritis: This is called a degenerative condition. Just like arthritis can cause knobby, painful, swollen hands and knees, it can cause a lot of problems in your neck as well. Arthritis can be passed onto you genetically, but it can also occur after an injury or from poor posture. Arthritis means ‘inflammation in a joint.’ If an injury is left untreated, joint inflammation can persist until it starts to break down cartilage in the joint and change the structure of the bones around it. When these degenerative changes occur, arthritis has begun to take its course and it will not likely go away.
As with back pain, neck pain is largely a mechanical problem, not caused by underlying disease. As such, it often drastically improves with conservative, non-surgical treatments such as chiropractic care, massage therapy, and therapeutic exercises. These treatments have all been shown to be safe and effective at relieving neck pain.
If you are in need of neck pain treatment in Beaverton, OR, Catalyst is your ideal choice. Dr. Thompson is trained in the utilization of each of these therapies and, after a thorough history and examination, will tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs and individual diagnosis.
The causes of neck pain are not always serious, but it should never go untreated. There is too much at stake. If you have been suffering from neck pain, make an appointment with Dr. Thompson for a personal, detailed examination. He will tell you why your neck is hurting and what steps you can take today to start down the path to better health.
If you are suffering from neck pain in Beaverton OR, contact us today to schedule an appointment: 503-526-8782.