Active Care Chiropractic & Acupuncture
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Fairfax, VA 22030
I Can’t Turn My Head Because Of a Stiff Neck
A male patient visited his chiropractic clinic without an appointment explaining that he was suffering from severe neck pain. He explained that he could not move his neck and that it was very painful if he tried. He was treated with chiropractic care with some physical therapy modalities to relive his symptoms.
“I can’t turn my head because of a stiff neck.” A chiropractic clinic will probably tell you that they hear this from patients on a weekly basis.
It is important to understand the causes of a stiff neck. It occasionally happens when we sleep with poor posture or work excessively in one position for a long period of time without a break. Excessive muscular tension accidentally ends with muscle strain or local inflammation.
It could also happen occasionally when we use a muscle that we usually don’t use that often or caused accidentally by sudden movement. The main concern is that the pain is so great that movement of the neck is limited.
Of course, we need treatments to relieve these neck and pain symptoms as soon as possible and your chiropractic clinic can give you the appropriate treatment options. However, it is important to take action in preventing issues like these from happening. It is better to prevent issues from occurring rather than treating them after. It could save you time, money and most importantly – the pain.
Here are some preventative actions you can take at home to prevent neck issues.
Perform stretches and exercise regularly.
Perform pre-stretches before aggressive activities/exercises.
Avoid staying in one position for a long period of time.
During sleep avoid poor posture excessively for a long period of time.
Avoid using smart phones or similar electronic devices excessively for a long period of time.
If you are still experiencing neck pain or issues even though you are following these steps and are taking preventative actions then it is advised to see a specialty health care provider because it is possibly related to disc disease or pinching nerve.
Unfortunately, clinics are seeing an increase of younger patients with neck issues and pain recently. Contributing factors include the excessive use of smart phones or similar devices and poor posture during gaming. We need to perform proper exercises, take breaks and be aware of the risk factors associated with poor posture and bad habits.