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Neck pain is becoming more and more common thanks to the long hours that most Americans spend sitting at a desk behind a computer screen, and to modern phenomenons like "text neck," which is the result of spending hours bent over the screen of your smartphone or tablet. But there are a number of factors that can cause neck pain, and knowing when to get help is the first step in alleviating your symptoms and preventing pain from interfering with your physical activities and quality of life. Dr. Donna Watson, a chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and her team at A Place of Health - Chiropractic offer a range of therapeutic services to help manage and treat neck and back pain.
Neck Pain Relief in Fort Lauderdale, FL
According to Harvard Health, as many as seven in ten people complain of neck pain at some point. Like most health issues, the treatment options for your neck pain will depend on factors like the underlying cause and severity of the pain, as well as your overall health and lifestyle.
Common Causes of Neck Pain
Also known as the cervical spine, the neck consists of a vast network of muscles, cartilage, bones, and connective tissue. Everything a muscle strain to osteoarthritis can lead to pain or tension in the neck. Sometimes something as simple as sleeping in an awkward position or a sudden jerking motion can lead to days of neck pain.
Some of the most common causes of neck pain include:
- Muscle strain
- Joint damage
- Compressed nerve
If you experience trauma from an accident or impact from a fall, seek immediate medical attention to rule out a serious injury, or if neck pain is accompanied by other symptoms like numbness or radiating pain in the arms or chest.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
Chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, Cold Laser and lifestyle modifications are some of the options available to help manage acute (sudden onset) and chronic (long term) neck pain.
For more information about your options for neck pain management and treatment, contact A Place of Health - Chiropractic today by calling (954) 568-9355 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Watson today.
A car accident can leave you feeling frustrated. It's even worse if the accident left you injured. Whiplash is one of the most common collision-related injuries, but the pain and stiffness associated with it may not be immediately felt. This is why it's important to visit an expert as soon as possible after an auto accident. Dr. Donna Watson, a chiropractor at A Place of Health in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating injuries from auto accidents. She explains the details of whiplash here.
How does whiplash happen?
Whiplash is the result of simple physics: when a car is suddenly stopped due to an accident, the force that kept it in motion is transferred to your body. While seatbelts do an excellent job of keeping the core of your body in place, there is nothing to stop that force from moving the neck and head backward, then immediately forward at a rapid rate of speed. This movement is well beyond what is normal for the spine and its associated ligaments, causing injury to occur.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Your Fort Lauderdale chiropractor finds that the main symptoms of whiplash after an auto accident tend to be headaches and stiffness in the neck. This is due to a combination of damage to the discs between the spinal vertebrae and ligaments, as well as muscle tension. Some patients complain of a tingling or "pins and needles" feeling that travels down the shoulders, arms and hands. The important thing to remember about whiplash is that its effects may not be felt immediately. In fact, it may be several days or weeks before the symptoms occur.
If you've been in an auto accident, your Fort Lauderdale chiropractor, Dr. Watson, urges you to make an appointment at A Place of Health as soon as you can. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to successful healing. Call us today with any questions you may have!