Neck pain is a common reason people visit their doctor. Neck pain typically doesn't start from a single injury. Instead, the problem usually develops over time from the stress and strain of daily activities. Eventually, the parts of the spine begin to degenerate. The degeneration can become a source of neck pain.
Many of the pain-sensing nerves of the spine are in the facet joints, the two interlocking "fingers" at the back of each spinal bone. The normally smooth surfaces on which these joints glide, can become rough, irritated, and inflamed. If you have a joint that doesn't move properly, it maybe "stuck", or the tone of the muscle surrounding the joint may be extremely high. The body tries to prevent normal motion of the joints by having the muscles around the area tighten or even spasm. The chiropractic approach is to help restore a more normal motion and position of affected spinal joints and bones by specific chiropractic adjustments or manipulation. This is often combined with ice, traction, soft tissue massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, traction, exercise and stretching. Please see the treatments section for descriptions of each of these procedures.