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Want to get down do the bottom of your neck pain? Want to know what to do about it? Whether you should go to a doctor or a chiropractor? Why should you trust a chiropractor? What can they do versus a real doctor? Let's say you decide on a chiropractor, what can you expect?
Neck pain can be a real...well, pain. If you're suffering and you don't know what to do about it, you've come to the right place.
Why are you experiencing neck pain? Without having you in the office for an examination it would be quite impossible to determine the cause of your neck pain. It could be something as simple as a result of poor posture all the way up to something as serious as a herniated disc. Although I can't diagnose you over the web (or the phone for that matter), I can give you a list of possible scenarios that may help you recall what you might have done to aggravate your neck.
Let's start with injuries. Think about your physical activity lately, with the kids, the church softball team, moving, anything. Try to remember when the pain started and right before that what you may have done to cause the pain. What about a recent car accident? Sometimes the repercussions of something serious may not show up for weeks, even though it seems rational it would show up immediately. This is pretty common advice for you self-diagnosis types and in fact, you've probably either narrowed it down already or thought about all this before. If the neck pain is serious enough to justify some type of remedy, come prepared with this in mind so that you and I, or any other doctor, can hash it out together.
So, what do you do about it? Well, you might not think this to be very helpful but it's practical. You need to decide whether to do something about it or hope your neck pain goes away. A word of advice, if your pain is serious and you try to let it abate, you're likely setting yourself up for more injury later on down the road. Your neck isn't going to heal on its own necessarily (especially with a very bad injury), it's just going to cope with it and give you a false sense of security and then when you think all is well, you use your neck in an intense movement and worsen the injury. It is best to just get your neck checked out now and taken care of. You don't want to play with your health. I highly recommend an examination in these cases whether by a MD or a chiropractor. Just get your neck checked.
Now, a word about the whole chiropractor vs medical doctor debate. It isn't that difficult. We both are schooled, licensed, and proven. MD's will admit that what chiropractors do actually does work (if they've kept up at all with anything resembling current medicine) and we admit that what MD's do work as well. It's just up to you. Do you want to take medicine and consider the possibility of surgery for your neck or would you rather go the holistic approach? Chiropractic is a natural process without all the pain, hassle, and worry of surgery or medicine. Now, let's be clear, as a chiropractor I am naturally biased. If I didn't believe in chiropractic, I wouldn't have went to school for it. I would be sitting in a hospital right now writing you a prescription. I do believe that the body, including the neck, is self healing. You just need to give it some aid. I do believe that it can be done without medicine & surgery and if it can, why wouldn't you go that way? Chiropractic is much less invasive and is definitely cheaper than surgery. However, at the end of the day, it's your neck and your decision to make. I just want to see your pain relived, one way or another.
So, let's say you've decided on a chiropractor, what can you expect? Well, the first thing we're going to want to do is have you in for an evaluation. We can't just go tinkering around on you, we need to know what's going on. This may just involve questions and movement testing with the neck or we made need to look at x-rays. It really just depends on what's going on. After the diagnosis, we'll recommend a treatment plan for your neck pain and go from there.
Your neck pain and its treatment are very important. It's a part of your body and your health and it's certainly worth spending money on to maintain. After all, they say your health is all you have. If you're in the Clarksville area, we highly encourage you to come give us a try at Hillcrest Chiropractic. You can read great patient testimonials that can vouch not only for our success but the family mentality we have here at the office. We just want to make sure that you have your neck pain, and any pain for that matter, taken care of. Remember. Dr. Josh has your back! And neck!