Neck pain

Neck pain

Dr. Vic Weatherall
December 2014

“Non-specific” neck pain is the most common form of neck pain. Typical symptoms include local or general neck pain and stiffness. The causes and treatments for non-specific neck pain are explained below along with information on effective treatment. Some important information on neck pain is provided at the end of this article.

Non-specific neck pain may be caused by day-to-day activities, such as poor working and sleeping postures. It can also arise from the normal wear
and tear of aging. As it’s title indicates, the cause is often unclear but is not attributable to systemic disease, nerve root pain, Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD), or serious local pathology.

Evidence-based chiropractic treatment includes spinal manipulation and mobilization, massage stretching, home exercise with advice and training,  self-care activities, and various associated electrotherapies. Research shows these treatments are best used in combination.1 Typical medicine-based treatments include acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.

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Some important information on neck pain

Neck pain may arise from serious causes. Signs and symptoms of neurovascular impairment (5D’s and 3N’s below), ataxia (abnormal, uncoordinate movement), or serious pathologies are cause for immediate medical investigation.

The 5D’s and 3N’s of possible neurovascular impairment:

  • Dysarthria: slurred, slow, and difficult to understand speech
  • Dysphagia: difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Drop attacks: sudden, spontaneous falls
  • Diplopia: double vision
  • Nystagmus: involuntary rhythmic eye shaking or wobbling
  • Numbness
  • Nausea

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