Suffering From Neck Pain?

best chiropractor for neck pain relief

You are not alone if you're dealing with neck pain in the Pittsburgh or Fox Chapel areas. Millions of people suffer with neck pain, never getting the care they need. For over one hundred years chiropractors have been helping people with this condition. Our Fox Chapel chiropractor is specifically trained to help neck pain and he has a great success rates. Read this article to learn what Tauberg Chiropractic & Rehabilitation can do to help you.


Neck Pain in Pittsburgh and Fox Chapel

Tauberg Chiropractic & Rehabilitation who serves the Pittsburgh and Fox Chapel areas determines the cause of your neck pain through the use of an in-depth history and evidence based examination. This allows for Dr. Tauberg to determine the source of your pain and design an optimal treatment plan for you.

While some people who have pain that comes from the neck only have neck pain, others present with shoulder pain, arm pain, or even headaches. The neck is such a complicated structure that it can cause a wide array of symptoms. Often times an individual won’t even realize that their shoulder pain, arm pain, or headaches are coming from the neck. This is completely understandable. When you have pain you usually think that the area you are having pain in is where the problem is coming from, but this is not always the case.

The good news is that regardless of if you have neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, headaches, or a combination of these conditions there are essentially 4 main reasons that pain comes from the neck. These 4 reasons are disc derangement, joint dysfunction, radiculopathy, or myofascial pain. Yes, you read that right the same 4 main causes of low back pain are also the 4 main causes of neck pain. It really is not that surprising if you think about it, they are both parts of the same structure.


Disc Derangement

Disc derangement is the process of the inner part of the vertebral disc (nucleus pulposus), mixing with the outer portion of the vertebral disc (annulus fibrosus). This results in an inflammatory response which causes you to experience neck pain.

Neck pain caused by disc derangement may be localized to just the neck, however it can also radiate up the neck or down the arm. As such disc derangement can be the cause of shoulder pain, arm pain, or headaches.

The diagnosis of disc derangement is made through the use of historical findings as well as an end range loading examination. There are key findings that often pop up that indicate disc derangement. Dr. Tauberg is able to recognize these findings and use them to design an individualized treatment plan to treat your neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, or headaches.


Joint Dysfunction

Joint dysfunction is a condition in which your joints are not functioning properly. Most often this presents as a tight, or restricted joint that does not move through its range of motion as freely as it should.

Neck pain that is caused by joint dysfunction is usually localized to the neck. The pain may feel like a tightness, lack of motion, or stiffness.

The diagnosis for joint dysfunction is made through historical findings as well as the use of pain provocation examinations.


Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy is the process in which there is irritation or compression of a nerve root that causes an individual to experience pain. Radiculopathy is most often caused by either disc herniation or spinal stenosis.

If you experience radiculopathy that causes neck pain you will usually have radiating pain which may go down into the arm. This can be interpreted as shoulder pain, arm pain, or even hand pain. The pain is often very sharp in nature and may be accompanied by loss of sensation or muscular strength.

Radiculopathy is diagnosed using historical findings, a thorough neurological examination, and tests that put stress on the nerve roots.


Myofascial Pain

Myofascial pain is pain that comes from the soft tissues, such as the musculature in the neck. The musculature in the neck may be overworked due to daily activities, or there may have been an event that caused injury to the musculature. Overuse as well as injuries can cause the muscles in the neck to tense and tighten up causing localized or radiating neck pain.

If you experience myofascial pain it can range in intensity, quality and location. Due to the variance, sometimes it can be hard to nail down, but usually myofascial pain will also present with tenderness of the muscles.

Myofascial pain is also diagnosed through historical findings, as well as palpation of the musculature to identify trigger points and tender areas.


Common Vs. Normal

If you have neck pain don't fall into the “common vs. normal” trap. The trap insinuates that because so many people have neck pain it must be normal. Neck pain is very common, but it is certainly not normal. You don't have to live with neck pain. Take control of the problem and get back to doing the things you love to do.

Many people let spinal problems go. They hope that if they wait long enough their neck pain will just go away, but ask yourself: is it really worth dealing with that pain? Don’t let pain stop you from doing the things you love. Time is precious, and you should be spending as little time on the side line as possible. Let us help you get back into the game, whatever that may be.

On your first visit to our office, we will begin with your health history and a thorough examination. Our Doctor needs to understand your condition before he can properly help you. Our goal is to help you recover quickly.

Don't let yourself struggle with neck pain. At Tauberg Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, serving Pittsburgh and Fox Chapel areas, we are excited to help you! Call 412-517-8124 if you have any questions. Today is the day to start feeling better!

References

  • Murphy, D., Jacob, G., & Heffner, S. (2016). Clinical Reasoning in Spine Pain Volume II. Cranston: CRISP Education and Research, LLC.

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