When neck pain and stiffness don't ease off within a day or two, there could be a serious underlying problem with your spine. If you're suffering from intense or persistent neck pain, board-certified chiropractor Jeffry Yoder, DC, of Meridian Chiropractic Clinic in Indianapolis, Indiana, can help. With Dr. Yoder's experience in chiropractic manipulation and his use of cutting-edge technologies like the ProAdjuster computerized chiropractic device, you can get fast and lasting relief from neck pain. To find out how Dr. Yoder can help you, call Meridian Chiropractic Clinic today or book an appointment online.
The neck is the part of your spine that's most vulnerable to injury. It has less support than other parts of your spine and more flexibility, which means damage to the vertebrae, discs, and connective tissues is more likely to occur.
The constant use of your neck also causes deterioration from wear-and-tear over the years.
In addition to supporting the weight of your head, your neck has to accommodate the free flow of information from your nerves through your spinal cord and into your head, face, arms and hands, and the rest of your body.
Neck pain doesn't just cause discomfort — it can seriously affect these functions as well.
Many everyday activities can cause neck pain, for example, falling asleep in a chair, watching TV in bed, and spending hours at a computer. In these cases, the temporary pain you feel in your neck often resolves itself if you stop doing whatever caused the problem.
One of the most common reasons to develop neck pain is stress, which leads to muscle tension. The effects can spread into your head and result in repeated tension headaches in addition to neck pain.
There are also various conditions and injuries that cause severe neck pain or chronic discomfort, such as:
As a skilled chiropractor, Dr. Yoder knows that the underlying causes of neck pain often are spinal subluxation — misalignment of the vertebrae in your neck — and fixation, where the spine can't move as it should.
Finding the reason for your neck pain enables Dr. Yoder to use the most effective treatment methods.
He performs a comprehensive physical exam and asks you to turn your neck and look up and down to assess its function. He also looks at the muscle tone in your neck for areas of unevenness or atrophy.
Dr. Yoder might want to see diagnostic images such as X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to evaluate the bony structures in your neck.
Dr. Yoder specializes in detecting and addressing spinal misalignments and fixations. The techniques he uses to address these problems and other causes of neck pain could include chiropractic cervical manipulation or instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy.
He also offers the most advanced form of chiropractic treatment, a computerized system called ProAdjuster that pinpoints the misaligned vertebrae and produces a pulse that accurately shifts the bones back into alignment.
Neck pain can also benefit from passive treatments like therapeutic massage and ultrasound.
For expert treatment of neck pain that gets you moving without delay, call Meridian Chiropractic Clinic today or book an appointment online.