Neck pain is a common health issue for millions of people. Approximately two-thirds of our population will experience some form of neck pain at some point in their lives. As with most health issues, such as headaches or backaches, neck pain is classified in either one of two main categories. Your neck pain is either an acute problem or a chronic problem. The first category is a short-term situation and the second category is a long-term situation. Properly diagnosing and treating both situations can be highly effective with the help of a qualified chiropractor.

Acute Neck Pain in Dubuque

For acute neck pain, the onset of discomfort is usually sudden. For example, a person might fall asleep perfectly comfortable and wake up in a bout of excruciating pain the following morning. Sometimes the cause is simple. This person may have fallen asleep on a flat pillow that forced his or her neck muscles to stretch in an unnatural way. Poor posture usually amounts to some degree of pain or discomfort.

However, the sudden on-set of acute neck pain can occur for all sorts of reasons and often the exact cause is unknown. This type of neck pain is an ordinary, generalized form of acute neck pain that most doctors diagnosis as ‘nonspecific neck pain.’ In many cases, people dealing with nonspecific neck pain will experience a fast and full recovery with proper treatment.

Sprains or strains to the basic neck muscles typically cause most other forms of acute neck pain. Your neck uses your muscles for gross motor movements involving your head and neck. Together, your head and neck muscles are responsible for coordinating body gestures between your skull, jaw, shoulders, spine, and scapula.

Chronic Neck Pain Iowa

For the most part, neck sprains or strains are typically the root cause of all neck pain. When dealt with properly, the pain usually subsides within a few short months. However, neck pain that extends beyond six months is definitely a chronic situation and a major red flag for concern. With chronic neck pain, your pain can fluctuate from mild to excruciating, but the pain is always persistent. Chronic neck pain is different from acute neck pain because the pain does not go away as quickly. The source of chronic neck pain is also less predictable and proper diagnosis may require a series of in-depth tests, such as x-rays or magnetic resonance imaging.

Chronic neck pain is a serious problem, usually caused by one of the following:

  • Abnormalities in the bone or joints
  • Car accidents or traumatic injuries
  • Poor posture, sprains, or strains that were left untreated
  • Degenerative diseases or slipped discs
  • Tumors

When to See a Chiropractor for Neck Pain

Research has shown chiropractic care is helpful in treating neck pain. You should always see a chiropractor for all forms of neck pain, but especially for any of the following:

  1. It has been a few days and your neck pain is not improving.
  2. Turning your head from side to side causes severe pain.
  3. You are experiencing tenderness or numbness in your arms, wrists, or hands.
  4. You were involved in either a low or high impact car crash.
  5. You think you have whiplash.
  6. Your neck pain is worse when you first wake up in the morning.

Make an Appointment for Neck Pain Dubuque Iowa

Dr. Ryan Effertz and Dr. Katie Effertz specialize in treating neck pain. Our chiropractic team strives for excellence through superior patient treatment, education and satisfaction.

At Ideal Chiropractic, your chiropractor will conduct a thorough examination to see how well you move your neck. We will also check for tenderness or numbness in your arms, wrists, or hands. After your physical exam and any tests, you can expect pain relief through an individualized treatment plan that usually includes physical adjustments and therapeutic neck exercises.

Contact our office at 563-845-7283 to speak with one of our experienced doctors or schedule an appointment online today to address your neck pain.