Acute Neck Pain
is a common presenting complaint when a patient suddenly experiences intense pain brought on usually by a known circumstance. The pain can be severe enough to alter a patient’s posture and/or prevent them from performing simple normal movements, and it can be relentless.
Nerves can cause pain by being compressed (trapped), being stretched and/or having their chemistry or temperature upset. When a nerve is interfered with it can cause pain, pins & needles, numbness or weakness; all equally important to a chiropractor in making a diagnosis.
We often treat acute low neck pain with spinal adjustments/manipulation, soft tissue therapy (massage, manual or mechanical), dry needling (a form of acupuncture – see our ‘News’ page for more on Dry Needling) and rehabilitation.
An acute pain which is not investigated and treated can become a chronic pain as the nervous system tries to suppress the symptoms.