The leading cause of disability and a major contributor to health care utilization in the United States is pain. Over 25 million US adults report being in pain every day for the previous three months. Of those with chronic pain, 15% listed neck pain as their primary cause of concern. The team at United Chiropractic and Medical, led by Bill Sheppard, DC, can help relieve your neck pain with a variety of treatment options. Call the office in Katy, Texas, or make an appointment online today.

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What is neck pain?

Your neck, or cervical spine, starts at the base of your skull and is made up of seven small vertebrae that support the full weight of your head. Neck pain can result from:

  • Repetitive movement
  • Accidents, including falls and blows to the body or head
  • Normal aging
  • Everyday wear and tear

Some of the more common types of neck pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis: deterioration of cartilage
  • Spinal stenosis: nerve passageways narrow, causing compression and trapping nerve roots
  • Degenerative disc disease: causes a reduction in the elasticity and height of intervertebral discs due to bulging or herniation

How is neck pain treated?

Your provider at United Chiropractic and Medical may use a combination of several different methods to help you combat neck pain. Some common options for treating neck pain include: 

  • Cervical manipulation: neck adjustments improve mobility and restore range of motion
  • Physical medicine: specifically designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical ability
  • Massage therapy: traditional massage techniques used to treat body stress or pain

How do you avoid neck pain?

The best way to prevent neck pain is to keep your head centered over your spine. Avoid pinning your phone between your ear and shoulder or carrying heavy bags over your shoulder. These other lifestyle adjustments can also help:

Use good posture

Your shoulders should remain in a straight line over your hips, and your ears should stay directly over your shoulders.

Take frequent breaks

When traveling long distances or working long hours at your computer, you should get up, move around, and periodically stretch your neck and shoulders.

Adjust your work environment

Set your computer monitor at eye level. When sitting, your knees should rest a bit lower than your hips, and your chair should be set up so you can use the armrests.

Adjust your sleep habits

Sleep with your head and neck aligned with your body. A small pillow under your neck helps. Sleeping on your back with your thighs elevated on pillows flattens your spinal muscles and helps you avoid neck pain.

If you’re experiencing neck pain, call United Chiropractic and Medical in Katy, Texas, or book an appointment online today.