Upper cervical pain is experienced when there is an injury to the neck muscles, causing spasms in the upper back and cervical muscles. At Back on Track Chiropractic, we provide chiropractic care to help residents in Birmingham, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Homewood, and Vestavia Hills, AL. Contact Dr. Duca today if you are considering chiropractic care to help your upper cervical pain.
What Causes Upper Cervical Pain?
This pain can be caused by several conditions and viruses that cause swelling of the glands and pain in the upper cervical area. It is also a result of conditions like degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and cervical spondylosis. Upper cervical pain can be caused by neck strain and neck injuries like herniated discs, whiplash, and pinched nerves.
Upper cervical pain can also be a result of rare infections like meningitis, neck tuberculosis, and spinal bones infections. Conditions that affect the neck muscles directly, like fibromyalgia, may cause upper cervical pain. These conditions cause stiffness in the neck, making your head uncomfortable to position, especially while sleeping.
The Symptoms of Upper Cervical Pain
This pain is commonly associated with the following symptoms:
- Stiffness in the neck
- Weakening of the arms
- Muscle pain
- Tingling and numbness in the arms
- Throat pain
- Reduced range of motion
- Swelling of the lymph nodes
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
Chiropractic Care for Upper Cervical Pain
The treatment for upper cervical pain depends on the specific cause. The treatment options range from physical therapy, heat or cold applications, and self-care treatments, among others. Dr. Duca uses massage therapy and spinal manipulations to relieve upper cervical pain. There are self-care treatments such as relief exercises, stretches, and Jacuzzi treatments for some forms of cervical pain. Depending on the cause, alternative methods like acupuncture can be very effective for relieving upper cervical pain.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Upper Cervical Pain
When you visit our specialist, we will review your medical history and your symptoms through a physical examination. This helps identify the location of your pain, duration, and intensity for a better diagnosis. The neck is examined in motion and at rest to determine the aggravating and relieving positions. Your nervous system is examined to determine the involvement of the nerves that are causing the pain. Upon diagnosis, our doctor creates a customized treatment plan for your condition to alleviate the pain.
Contact Back on Track Chiropractic For Upper Cervical Pain Relief
Have you been experiencing pain in your neck that is limiting your activities? If you live in or around Hoover, Mountain Brook, Homewood, Birmingham, or Vestavia Hills and are looking for relief that does not rely on pain medication or surgery, contact Back On Track Chiropractic. Call our team today at 205-623-5782 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.