During a visit to Riverside clinic, we will take a thorough case history and carefully examine your neck to diagnose what is causing your neck pain. This will involve a range of orthopaedic and neurological tests. Sometimes an X-ray or MRI will be required to fully diagnose the issue. Your problem may involve the neck bones ('cervical vertebrae'), intervertebral discs, muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons.
Neck problems can result in a variety of symptoms, and can also be experienced as:
- tension headaches
- torticollis ('wry neck')
- pins and needles
- trapped or pinched nerves
- weakness of shoulder/arm muscles
Whiplash injuries of the neck are also common and can continue to give problems for many years after the accident.
Arm And Shoulder Pain
Arm, hand and shoulder pain can be caused by irritation or damage to the nerves that exit the spine in the neck.
The Chiropractic approach to arm and shoulder pain is to treat the cause rather than the effect. Careful examination often reveals spinal misalignments, abnormal curvatures and nerve entrapments which, when corrected, reduce the pressure on the spine and nerves and provide pain relief.
Chiropractor treatment of the following conditions is successful and well documented:
- Frozen shoulder
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Nerve root entrapment
- Pinched nerves
- Disc injury