Mid-Michigan: Relieving Neck Pain

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Neck pain can be a constant ache or sharp pain with movement,stoppingyoufromenjoying life’sactivities. Neck pain is very common affecting approximately 2/3 rds of thepopulationatonepointoranother.People withneckpainsuffermainlyfromoneof thefollowing conditions: Degenerative Disc Disease The discs are the fluid filled sacs between the bones of your neck. The normal aging process shrinks the discsanddries themout.Repeatedstressandstrain also weakens the tissues that make up a disc. When thishappens, thedisc loses itsabilitytoabsorbshock. In turn, thiscauses rubbingandchanges in theshape of the joints in your neck, which can be painful. Muscle Strain When there isan injury to theneckoryouoveruse the shoulderandneckmuscles,astraincanoccur.When this happens, the neck muscles may go into spasm to help support and protect the sore area. Mechanical Neck Pain Mechanical pain usually starts from changes in the neck joints. As discs start to collapse, the space

between the neck bones narrows, and the joints may become inflamed. The pain is usually chronic and is typically felt in the middle part of the neck. However, itmayspread from theneck into theupperbackor to the outside of the shoulder in some cases. Radiculopathy Pressure or irritation on or around the nerves of the neck can affect the nerves’ electrical signals. The pressure or irritation can be felt as numbness on the skin, weakness in the muscles or pain along the path of the nerve. Weakness in the spine muscles can causeabnormalpressureonthenervesand increased chance of radiculopathy. Ifyouaresufferingfromneckpain,ourSPINEProgram is ideal toquickly relieveyourpainandprevent it from returning. From long-term neck pain, to recovering fromacomplicatedsurgery,wecan relieveyourpain quickly, returning your natural mobility and strength. Our treatmentsaredesigned tohelpeasepainand to improveflexibility,strength,postureand function.We even teach you how to protect your neck in the years ahead. Look inside to learn more about our SPINE Program and say good-bye to that aching neck!

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