Why Addressing Neck Pain Early is Important
Neck pain is a pain that is different from any other because it is a pain that most people don’t experience every day. In comparison to back aches, headaches, and knee pain, the pain that one feels in their neck area may initially seem minor. It’s important however, to know the difference between minor and major neck pain, and when to seek medical attention.
The Minor Neck Pain Checklist -
The following are common descriptions of minor neck pain:
“ A sharp or dull pain
“ Slight shoulder pain in addition to neck discomfort
“ A throbbing ache that is made better with applied wrapped ice and gentle rubbing
“ A neck discomfort that is not made worse over time, and usually lessens in pain after the first 48 hours
More than likely if the above details fit the pain you are experiencing in your neck, it’s safe to conclude that you probably suffered from a minor neck strain.
Unlike Colds, Minor Neck Pain doesn’t get Worse Before it gets Better -
Many of us have learned to understand that when we’re feeling bad it often gets worse before it gets better. We learn this by our body’s natural response to many of the cold and flu medications we take.
Most of our over the counter remedies have to first bring out the viruses before completely ridding them from our system, which is why we endure the extra runny nose, or continuous sneezing.
Minor neck pain is in a different category; the moment that you start actively treating your neck pain you should expect positive results. Realistically, relief won’t begin immediately, but overall you should feel a decrease in pain.
When you find that after more than 72 hours your neck pain has not only failed to get better but has grown worse, and possibly include other adverse side effects, it’s time to seek a medical professional.
Knowing the Cause of your Neck Pain is a Quick way to Know Where to go for the Solution -
After a fall, a car accident or serious neck strain, the best next step is to see a chiropractor as soon as possible. Car accidents are the one case in the above three scenarios where it is usually a common practice to be seen in a hospital as a first step, and even then an emergency room doctor may recommend seeing a chiropractic specialist.
Your neck has the major responsibility of not only supporting your head, but also providing protection for nerves that send communication from the brain to the rest of the body.
When your neck is suffering from serious damage, it can only be a matter of time before other parts of your body develop problems.
Chiropractic offices have medical chiropractors on hand who are able to determine through a thorough same day appointment how to both treat your neck pain, and keep it from interfering in any further normal activities. The procedures they provide successfully give step by step solutions to resolving spinal and neck issues.