Cervical Pain

7 Signs That You Should See A Chiropractor For Your Cervical Pain

Almost everybody suffers from cervical pain at some time or the other. You may experience pain in your neck at the end of a long day of hard physical work or even in the morning when you just wake up if you slept at a wrong angle all night. The first question you are likely to ask yourself is whether the pain warrants a visit to the chiropractor. How can you determine when to see a chiropractor and when to ignore the pain and hope it goes away?

The truth is, it is never a good idea to ignore neck pain. There are ways that you can manage the pain at home before you get to a doctor, but it is always advisable to get professional help as early as possible for a proper diagnosis and immediate treatment. Make an appointment with Lakeland Spine Center, so our specialists can get you on the way to feeling healthy and pain free as soon as possible.

Does Your Cervical Pain Need Medical Attention?

You know you need professional medical attention if you experience any of these 7 symptoms as may be indicative of a more serious injury:

1. The pain or stiffness in your neck is still there after a few days and does not seem to have lessened at all.
2. The pain started a few days after you were involved in a car, motorbike or horse riding accident.
3. Your neck starts hurting seriously when you try to turn your head to look either left o r right
4. A few days after your cervical pain started you start to feel a tingling or numbness in your hands or wrists.
5. The neck pain is accompanied by upper back pain, lower back pain or leg pain.
6. The pain in the neck is accompanied by any other symptoms
7. Over the counter pain medications appear to be the only way to keep the pain under control

A Few Dos and Don’ts Before Going To See A Chiropractor

Remember, if the pain does not go away after a few days or if you experience any of the above symptoms you absolutely must see a chiropractor. But in the mean time, here are a few things you should and should not do to manage the neck pain at home.

Use Ice – Holding a cold pack of ice or frozen vegetables against your neck can help to reduce the inflammation. Keep the pack on your neck for 20 minutes then remove for 40 minutes and repeat.

Do Not Do Any Strenuous Activity - Engaging in strenuous activity can aggravate the cervical area and make the pain worse.