Custom Treatment Process
Every patient is different. Our custom treatment process is geared specifically for treating your needs. Neck pain can be caused by many different variables, for example, from an auto accident, slip and fall, or sports collision. This is the reason we take your unique circumstances seriously because we have many different forms of treatment. First, we take X-rays and conduct a full physical exam to assess the severity of your pain and diagnose the source of it. We then discuss our recommendations with you on the course of treatment we feel best suits your circumstances.
Once you understand the course of action we plan to take and you are in agreeance to it, only then will your recovery treatment plan be initiated. Your treatment plan may include a mix of skeletal adjustments, physical therapies, and soft tissue therapies. As we progress through your treatment plan, we will evaluate how you feel before and after every session. This ensures we are treating the problem correctly and not causing others to flair up. Everyone reacts differently to treatments, which is why we take this approach in case we need to adjust our treatment along the way.
Spinal alignment is important to your overall health and how you feel every day. Chiropractic care offers many health benefits, such as musculoskeletal and nervous system function, improves digestion, chronic headaches or migraines, increased energy, joint dysfunction and relief from the pain you may be experiencing. Regular chiropractic visits help relieve acute or chronic leg pain you have been experiencing. Our chiropractic services can also take the place of medication use. Treating symptoms with medication only numbs your issue for a brief time period. Instead, we find and treat the source of your pain.
Conditions We Can Treat
We specialize in relieving back pain, neck pain, leg pain, headaches or migraines, and much more. We offer care for patients who struggle with many different musculoskeletal injuries, whether those injuries are due to bad habits, improper diet, occupational hazards, or have resulted from a traumatic auto accident injury. Consult with us to determine whether chiropractic treatment is right for you. Neck Pain is caused by all types of vulnerable issues like muscle strains, compressed nerves, herniated discs, and whiplash injuries.
- Muscle strains: this is the overstretching or partial tearing of a muscle or its tissue connecting to a bone. Muscle strains can occur in any muscle but are most common in your neck. When the partial tearing of the muscle occurs, it can also damage small blood vessels that can lead to internal bleeding or otherwise known as bruising. Symptoms include weakness of the muscle and or sharp pain, swelling, bruising, limited flexibility, and feeling pain while resting. Muscle strains that lead to internal bleeding or bruising usually take weeks to recover from depending on the severity. Most of the time these will heal with rest and hot or cold treatments. Some lifestyle changes to take into consideration, poor posture at your desk, holding your phone up to your ear with your shoulder, sleeping without the proper neck support, and even reading in bed or watching tv can cause strains in your neck muscles.
- Compressed nerves: this occurs when the build-up of pressure on a nerve disrupts how it functions. Bone spurs in the vertebrae or a herniation of a spinal disc are the most common causes, however, pinched nerves can occur all over the body. There are a handful of causes that lead to having pinched or compressed nerves in the neck such as; an auto accident or injury, stress from repetitive work, sports activities, obesity, and rheumatoid arthritis. Once we pinpoint where the pinched nerve is, we can treat it with incorporating exercises that focus on strength and flexibility, limiting the number of repetitive activities one engages in, and ensuring good posture when sitting or standing.
- Whiplash Injury: is caused by a forceful back and forth movement in the neck. This sudden motion can cause trauma to bones in the spine, spinal discs to slip out of place, straining ligaments and muscles, and pinching of nerves in the neck. Usually, it is associated with a car accident or being rear-ended by another car but can also occur from sports injuries and or slip and fall traumas. In order to determine the severity of your injuries having one of our chiropractors check you out is crucial after any whiplash accident. Most common symptoms of whiplash tend to develop in the following days as stiffness in the neck, range of motion loss, headaches, pain in the shoulders and upper back, numbness or tingling in the arms, dizziness, and fatigue. Others have experienced irritability, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, and difficulty sleeping. Most people start to feel better within a few weeks of the injury occurring and experience no long term effects however, others experience pain lasting for several months or even years after an injury. If your neck does not show signs of healing or feeling better in the coming weeks, further testing may be needed in the form of x-rays, CT scans or MRI to rule out any further damage has occurred.
- Herniated disc (cervical): this is when a spinal disc in the cervical part of your spine has been displaced and the outer layer of the disc has suffered a tear or rupture. The fluid or contents that have leaked into the spinal canal causes pressure to build up on spinal nerves. The discs and joints found in the cervical part of the spine provide stability and mobility to your neck. Pain in your neck, upper back, tingling in arms is associated with this type of herniation. Most commonly found in middle-aged adults and are a result of some sort of impact either from an auto accident, slip and fall trauma, or sports collision. Other activities that can herniate a spinal disc are repetitive lifting, bending, pulling, twisting movements, and bad posture. Our chiropractors will treat this type of injury with physical and chiropractic therapies coupled with stretches and exercises. The goal is to push the displaced spinal disc back into place and alleviate nerve pressure.
Neck pain often stems from spinal issues. For the most part, the pain will subside within a few days and in others, it could take weeks to feel improvement. Let the chiropractors at South Florida Spine & Joint Center diagnose your neck pain issues and see if chiropractic therapy is right for you. Start living a pain-free life!