Most people in the US, at one point or another, will experience severe neck pain.
Sometimes neck pain is unavoidable, and there is nothing we can do to prevent it.
Other causes of neck pain are entirely preventable if we know what's causing it.
In the article below, we will examine a few common causes of Neck Pain we see in the Atlanta office of the Arrowhead Clinic.
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Car Accident Injury
Being involved in a car accident is a widespread cause of neck pain.
Rear-end collisions, in particular, are infamous for causing neck pain.
Our seat belts protect our bodies, but our necks are exposed to massive positive and negative forces due to the impact of a car accident.
If you were recently in a car accident, it's important to get your neck examined by a professional chiropractor, so it doesn't lead to chronic pain.
Many of our patients involved in Car Accidents in Atlanta will feel tingling down their arms, migraines, headaches, and muscle spasms.
Whiplash injuries are frequent during car accidents and contact sports.
Football, wrestling, boxing, MMA, and hockey are contact sports where the participants take a lot of trauma to the body as well as the head.
Your spine and your muscle system are directly affected when your body takes an impact.
When the impact happens, your muscles tighten around the area that received the trauma to protect the affected area.
The pain and tightness should be temporary.
If you continue to sustain these neck traumas over time, your body will begin to adapt to its tightened condition.
This will lead to muscle spasms and trigger points. It could eventually lead to more severe disc degeneration of the cervical spine.
This is becoming a more prevalent cause of Neck Pain than ever before.
Americans are developing poor posture now more than we ever have.
Our use of computers and smartphones causes us to have our necks bent, constantly looking down at our devices.
The more we sit and look at our phones during the day, the more our necks get put in a flexion dominant position.
The problem with this is that your frontal neck muscles, or the hyoids, become frail over time.
The muscles at the base of your skull, called the occipitals, will become overly tight.
This trend leads people to have Headaches, Severe Cervical Disc Degeneration, and overall Neck Stiffness, Tightness, and pain.
The Arrowhead Clinic of Atlanta
Now that you know what might be causing your back pain, you can do your best to prevent it.
Things like poor posture can be an easy fix, but if you play a contact sport, you might not be able to avoid neck pain.
That's where chiropractic care comes in.
Your chiropractor can design a treatment plan based on your specific needs to ease your neck pain and keep it from coming back as much as possible.
If you would like a professional to help guide you through what is causing your Neck Pain, or to help keep your neck pain at bay, contact our Atlanta Chiropractor.
You should also see a chiropractor if you have recently been in a Car Accident or experienced a Whiplash Injury.
Click the link below for a Free Consultation with the Arrowhead Clinic of Atlanta, so our chiropractors can help guide you in the right direction.