Poor workplace ergonomics
Occupations with hunched postures. Eg. Electricians, painters, production line workers, surgeons.
Sports such as cycling, hockey
Slouching while sitting
Using our smartphones
Treatment of upper crossed syndrome
Poor workstation ergonomics and spending hours a day in sedentary postures further re-enforces the postural pattern of tight and weak muscles. Ensuring that you have proper workstation ergonomics will help you maintain good posture while at work, and can slow the progression of this condition.
Hands-on treatment from a chiropractor will focus on stretching the overactive and tight muscle groups. Soft tissue therapy such as dry needling and cupping can also be beneficial for treating the muscles and fascia. Joint mobilisation & manipulation can be performed on areas of the spine that require better mobility.
Finally, exercises will be prescribed to strengthen the weak muscle groups, correct the postural dysfunction and provide long-lasting relief from neck pain. Click Here to see the exercises that chiropractors prescribe to help improve posture.
A sudden movement such as looking over your shoulder to reverse out a parking space can cause a sudden, sharp pain in the neck and the inability to turn your head.
A wry neck may be caused by the entrapment of the synovial membrane within your spinal (facet) joints. The synovial membrane surrounds each facet joint in your spine and produces synovial fluid which reduces friction between the joint surfaces. A sudden movement can cause the membrane to get impinged inside the joint resulting in instant pain, muscle spasm and severely reduced neck range of motion.
Sharp localised neck pain
Postural compensations. Eg. Head and neck bent to one side
Inability to turn your head without pain
Numbness, tingling or pain referral into the shoulder or arm is rare.
The first line of treatment is joint mobilisation and manipulation. This frees the synovial membrane and can restore normal joint motion. Patients usually notice an instant reduction in pain and improved joint range of motion after hands-on chiropractic treatment.
Some neck mobility restrictions may persist due to inflammation of the synovial membrane. It may take between 4-6 sessions to completely restore the range of motion in the neck. Dry needling, cupping, massage and stretching work well for decreasing muscle spasm.
Range of motion exercises and specific stretches will also be prescribed to help speed up your recovery.
Neck pain that gets progressively worse over 24-48 hours
Neck stiffness and loss of range of motion
It’s important to first rule out cervical spine fractures with X-rays or CT scans.
Once a fracture has been ruled out then hands-on treatment and muscle strengthening can be started your chiropractor. Gentle soft tissue therapy such as massage, stretching, dry needling and cupping can help reduce pain and improve mobility.
Ergonomic advice and range of motion exercises will also be prescribed. Neck strengthening exercises are a core component of rehabilitation from whiplash injuries.
There are a number of traumatic & degenerative causes responsible for cervical discogenic pain.
Trauma from sports injuries, whiplash, motor vehicle injuries, direct blows to the head & neck
Overuse injuries. Repetitive microtrauma can lead to structural damage
Degenerative disk disease
It’s important to identify activities or movements that aggravate your symptoms.
Conservative treatment can lead to successful treatment of discogenic pain. Early treatment will focus on reducing pain and inflammation. Gentle range of motion exercises, soft tissue therapy, activity modification and stabilisation exercises provide good longterm results and reduce the likelihood of your injury from reoccurring.
There are certain cases where MRI imaging or consultation with an orthopedic surgeon would be necessary. This will be discussed with you during your consultation with the chiropractor.
Risk factors for cervical radiculopathy include:
Degenerative disk disease
History of traumatic neck injuries
The first goal of treatment is to reduce neurological pain, weakness or pins & needles into the arms and hands.
The term used by chiropractors treating cervical radiculopathy is “centralisation” of symptoms. This is a sign that there is less compression and inflammation of the affected nerves.
Hands-on manual therapy, cervical traction and pain-free exercises are prescribed early in treatment. Soft tissue techniques such as dry needling, cupping and dynamic taping can be used to treat painful muscles. A home rehabilitation program will be prescribed consisting of gentle stretches, neck retractions and stabilisation exercises.
It’s important to remember that intervertebral disks can heal without surgery. An accurate diagnosis, specific treatment plan and patient compliance is necessary for best results. Disks can take from 4 weeks up to 6 months or longer to heal.
If you fail to respond to a course of chiropractic treatment, a referral for an MRI or orthopedic consult may be necessary.
Symptoms can last for a few minutes up to a few days depending on the severity of the injury.
Patient’s will experience the following arm symptoms:
Pins and needles
Injured nerves need time to heal. Treatment won’t speed up the recovery of the arm symptoms, but there might be a whiplash, sprain or strain injury of the neck that occurred with the stinger and that responds well to hands-on chiropractic treatment and rehabilitation. Early diagnosis and education about the condition is key to a successful recovery.