Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Why You Must See a Specialist for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Neck and shoulder pain can be excruciating, making it difficult to complete simple routine tasks such as working at the computer or bending over while doing chores around the yard.

Treatment of Neck-Shoulder Pain

What should you do to relieve pain?
If you have chronic neck and/or shoulder pain, it is critical that you consult with a specialist chiropractor for treatment. Hoping the pain will heal on its own can aggravate the injury and lead to other problems, such as headaches.

Many people aren't sure whether a chiropractor is a good fit for their particular pain. Regardless of the cause of the pain, a chiropractor can help. From car accidents to bad falls to injuries, treatment is available. A chiropractor will complete a full consultation and evaluation and review your symptoms before making a diagnosis.

How a chiropractor will help you?
When you have your first appointment with a chiropractor, be prepared to discuss when the pain started, whether or not you've done anything to treat the pain, if the pain radiates to additional areas of the body, and if there is any type of activity or medication that makes the pain better or worse.

During this appointment, the chiropractor will complete both physical and neurological exams, checking posture, range of motion, and general physical condition. He'll feel your spine, evaluating curvature and alignment and look for muscle spasm. The neurological exam may include tests for muscle strength, reflexes, pain spread, and other nerve changes.

What are the treatment options for you?
The two most common types of therapy that chiropractors use for shoulder and neck pain are physiotherapy, which includes chiropractic adjustments, and cold laser therapy.

Chiropractors can execute pain treatments effectively and manage general pain relief. Depending on your specific condition, a chiropractor may recommend multiple types of treatment. For example, a chiropractor may suggest a lifestyle change (i.e. no heavy lifting, improving posture) alongside adjustments for full recovery.