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Chiropractic Treatment For Neck Pain | El Paso, TX.

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Chiropractic treatment is a nonsurgical option that can help reduce neck pain and related symptoms. Below are some of the different types of neck (cervical) conditions that Doctors of Chiropractic (DC’s) treat:

Chiropractors also use manual therapies to treat neck pain:

  • Cervical intervertebral disc injuries that don’t require surgery
  • Cervical sprain injuries
  • Degenerative joint syndrome of the neck (eg, facet joints)
  • Facet joint sprain
  • Whiplash

Chiropractic Diagnosis: Neck Pain

A chiropractor evaluates the spine as a whole because other regions of the neck (cervical), mid back (thoracic) and low back (lumbar) can be affected as well. Along with treating the spine as a whole, chiropractic medicine treats the entire person and not just a specific symptom/s. Chiropractors may educate on nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle goals in addition to treating neck pain.

A chiropractor will do a thorough examination to diagnose the specific cause of the neck pain before deciding on which approach/technique to use.

They will determine any areas of restricted movement and will look at a walking cycle along with posture and spinal alignment. Doing these things can help the chiropractor understand the body’s mechanics.

In addition to the physical exam, a chiropractor will want to go over past medical history, and they may order imaging tests (eg, an x-ray or MRI) to help them diagnose the exact cause of the neck pain.

All these steps in the diagnostic process will give a chiropractor more information about the neck pain, which will help the  chiropractor create a customized treatment plan for the individual patient.

A chiropractor will rule out neck pain conditions that require surgery. If they believe surgery is the best treatment for the neck pain, then the patient will be referred to a spine surgeon.

Chiropractic Treatment: Neck Pain

A chiropractor may use a combination of spinal manipulation, manual therapy, and other techniques as part of the treatment plan.

Spinal Manipulation Techniques Used:

  • Flexion-Distraction Technique: Gentle hands-on spinal manipulation that involves a pumping action on the intervertebral disc rather than direct force.
  • Instrument Assisted Manipulation: Uses hand-held instruments, which allow the chiropractor to apply force without thrusting into the spine.
  • Specific Spinal Manipulation: Restores joint movement with a gentle thrusting technique.

Chiropractors also use manual therapies to treat neck pain.

  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy: uses special instruments to diagnose and treat muscle tension.
  • Manual Joint Stretching/Resistance Techniques: Helps reduce neck pain/symptoms.
  • Therapeutic Massage: Helps relax tense muscles.
  • Trigger Point Therapy is used to relieve tight, painful points on a muscle.

Other therapies used to ease neck pain symptoms.

  • Inferential Electrical Stimulation: Is a low frequency electrical current used to stimulate neck muscles.
  • Ultrasound: Sound waves travel into the muscle tissues to help stiffness and pain in the neck.

Therapeutic Exercises: Helps improve overall range of motion in the neck and prevent neck pain from progressing.

The treatments listed are examples of possible chiropractic treatment for neck pain; The actual treatment plan will depend on the diagnosis. A chiropractor will thoroughly explain the treatment options available along with the actual customized treatment for the individual patient.

Chiropractic Clinic Extra: Neck Pain Treatment

Dr. Alex Jimenez

Specialties: Stopping the PAIN! We Specialize in Treating Severe Sciatica, Neck-Back Pain, Whiplash, Headaches, Knee Injuries, Sports Injuries, Dizziness, Poor Sleep, Arthritis. We use advanced proven therapies focused on optimal mobility, posture control, health Instruction, functional fitness, and structural conditioning. We use effective "Patient Focused Diet Plans", Specialized Chiropractic Techniques, Mobility-Agility Training, Cross-Fit Protocols, and the Premier "PUSH Functional Fitness System" to treat patients suffering from various injuries and health problems. Ultimately, I am here to serve my patients and community as a Chiropractor passionately restoring functional life and facilitating living through increased mobility.

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