Most neck and upper back pain is caused by a combination of factors, including injury, poor posture, subluxations, stress, and in some instances, disc problems.
The degree of flexibility of the neck, coupled with the fact that it has the least amount of muscular stabilization to support and move your 14 to 16 pound head, means that the neck is very susceptible to injury. You can picture your neck and head much like a bowling ball being held on top of a stick by small, thin, elastic bands. It doesn’t take much force to disrupt that delicate balance. For this reason, neck injuries are common.
Because the spinal chord sends so many nerve endings down each arm, neck injuries often manifests as arm pain, numbness, tingling, cold, aching, and “pins and needles.” Problems in the neck can also contribute to headaches, muscle spasms in the shoulders and upper back, ringing in the ears, otitis media (inflammation in the middle ear, often mistaken for an ear infection in children), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), restricted range of motion and chronic tightness in the neck and upper back.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, or have been in an accident, please don’t wait to get treated. Contact Dr. T. Foster Bryant immediately for a thorough examination and treatment plan to help get you back to living a pain-free life.