Chiropractic Neck Pain Treatments St Paul Minnesota
Common treatments of neck pain include everything from neck braces to surgery. REMEMBER: Pain, including neck pain, is NOT the natural state of the body, nor is it a “normal” side effect of aging. Pain is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong! The best solution is to identify the cause of your pain and correct it-not simply masks the symptoms.
Any of the following treatments can be effective, but most have associated risks of which you should be aware. For this reason it is best to consult with a trusted healthcare practitioner, especially if pain is severe or prolonged.
Rest ~ Avoid overusing the painful area for the first few days after an injury. Then slowly reintroducing exercise and movement will begin to speed recovery.
Ice ~ Immediately after an injury, ice your neck for about 15 minutes at least 3 to 4 times a day to reduce or prevent inflammation and swelling. If pain continues, see a healthcare professional.
Drugs ~ Non-prescription pain relievers such as acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol) or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS (i.e. ibuprofen) may be helpful for temporary relief, but are NOT advisable for chronic pain or long term use. Tylenol has recently been linked to liver disease and ibuprofen to bleeding ulcers. Doctors often prescribe stronger drugs for pain, but of course, these have other risky side effects including mental or physical impairment, behavioral effects, and addiction. Extreme caution should be used when undergoing any chemical therapy for pain.
Surgery ~ Most neck pain problems can be treated effectively without costly and risky surgeries. Doctors agree that neck surgery should be utilized only in certain rare cases, and only after conservative treatment has been exhausted. For this reason, other more natural, less invasive treatments should be explored before choosing surgical intervention.
Chiropractic Treatments ~ Chiropractic is a natural form of treatment that operates on the premise that the body is designed to heal itself. Chiropractors use gentle spinal adjustments to correct spinal misalignment and relieve pressure on sensitive nerves. They often combine this form of treatment with other non-invasive modalities such as Low-level laser therapy, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage, physical therapy and exercise to relieve symptoms and rebuild core strength and maintain permanent correction. The chiropractor’s goal is always to correct the problem, not simply hide the symptoms.