Neck pain is common and affects about 2 in 3 people some time during their lives.
Chiropractic offers a valuable mechanical approach to a wide range of neck problems. Manipulation or adjusting as performed by Dr. James Napoli is a precise and gentle therapy whose aim is to return motion to restricted spinal joints and to improve the overall mechanics of the spine.
Seven delicate vertebrae make up the bony structure of the neck, cushioned by the same disc material as is found in our low backs. These discs, made up of concentric circles of fibrous material with a firm, gel like center, act as shock absorbers for the considerable mechanical demands placed on the neck. Strong ligaments along the front and rear of the body of the vertebrae along with additional ligaments between the vertebrae’s bony prominences bind the vertebrae together. These ligaments also have a neurological function: nervous elements in ligaments help the brain to know where the body is in space. Injury such as car accidents or from sports, medical conditions like arthritis, using computers and other daily activities involving poor posture and repetitive movements may cause dysfunction of the neck structures. Symptoms may occur sometime after the precipitating incident.
Symptoms associated with neck pain can be pain on both or one side of the neck, burning pain of numbness radiating the arms to the hands causing a tingling feeling in the hands or fingers. There may also be headaches, blurred vision or nausea.