Causes of Acute and Chronic Neck Pain

Although neck pain is a common ailment, it can seriously disrupt your life by making it difficult to perform daily tasks, by keeping you up at night, and by preventing you from living an active lifestyle. These FAQs from Stillwell Family Chiropractic and Massage in Kent provide more information about neck pain causes and symptoms, and what you can do for treatment.


What Causes Neck Pain?

There are multiple causes of neck pain ranging from accidental injuries to chronic conditions. Slip and falls, sports injuries, auto accidents, and accidents in the workplace can all result in neck pain. If you have poor posture or bad ergonomics on the job, you may eventually feel the consequences of neck pain. If you’re constantly slouching over when you use your cellphone or tablet, you could develop a painful condition called text neck.

Can My Neck Pain Be the Result of Whiplash?

Yes, especially if you were involved in an auto accident that caused your head to forcefully whip around. In addition to pain, whiplash can cause muscle tension, inflammation, stiffness, and loss of range of motion. After a thorough examination, your Kent chiropractor can confirm if you are suffering from whiplash.

What’s the Difference Between Acute and Chronic Neck Pain?

Acute neck pain is pain that occurs suddenly after an injury. For minor injuries, neck pain may subside on its own after your injury starts to heal. The more severe your injury, the longer you’ll experience pain until your recovery. You can find neck pain relief through chiropractic neck pain treatment. If your pain lasts 6 months or longer, you’re probably suffering from chronic neck pain due to a chronic condition. Your Kent chiropractor can help determine the cause of your pain and recommend the best options for treatment.

How Do Chiropractors Treat Neck Pain?

Chiropractic care offers a number of options for neck pain treatment, depending on the cause of your pain and the severity of your condition. If your pain is caused by misaligned muscles or joints compressing spinal nerves, spinal adjustments can realign these components to alleviate pain and restore balance to your system. Once your system is back in balance, you can start to heal. 

Other treatment options include stretches and special exercises to loosen tense muscles and increase flexibility, and massage therapy to increase blood circulation to injured areas to promote quicker healing. We may also recommend lifestyle changes that can help improve your overall health and wellbeing to prevent future injuries. 

See Your Kent Chiropractor for Neck Pain Relief

To learn more about chiropractic care for neck pain or to schedule a consultation for neck pain treatment, contact Stillwell Family Chiropractic and Massage in Kent at 253-839-2225.




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