Home Blog An Older Resident Of Fort Myers Asks Dr. Timothy Harcourt Of Coast Chiropractic Centers, "What Causes of Neck Pain Outside of the Cervical Spine"?

An Older Resident Of Fort Myers Asks Dr. Timothy Harcourt Of Coast Chiropractic Centers, "What Causes of Neck Pain Outside of the Cervical Spine"?

Nov 25, 2021 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

When neck pain strikes, it’s often assumed the cause is also in the neck. It’s only logical, right? In many cases, focusing on the neck for diagnosis and treatment may lead to a satisfying result but not all the time. For some patients, neck pain may be related to a condition elsewhere in the body, which would need to be addressed for the patient to find lasting relief.

One such area of the body is the shoulder. Past research has shown the conditions can co-occur, and there are also cases in which managing a cervical condition led to improved pain and function in the shoulder joint. A review of findings from four published studies found the opposite can also be the case. The review revealed that patients with chronic neck pain experienced improvements in pain and disability following a three-week course of treatment featuring scapular stabilization exercises.

A review of findings from 14 studies showed that manipulative therapy applied to the mid-back resulted in improvements in cervical pain and disability among patients with chronic neck pain.

While it makes sense that areas adjacent to the neck like the shoulder and mid-back can contribute to neck pain, the research suggests that even issues farther down in the body can play a role. A 2019 study revealed that individuals with chronic neck pain exhibited differences in walking symmetry, a known risk factor for problems in the knee and hip joints. Another 2019 study showed that patients with chronic neck pain walked with a stiffer spine. It has also been demonstrated that leg length inequality can lead to dysfunction in the knees, hips, and lower back.

The neck plays an important role in keeping the head upright and keeping the eyes level. If the neck needs to overcompensate for deficiencies in movement in the back or lower extremities, it can lead to a painful cervical condition.

Doctors of chiropractic are trained to evaluate the whole patient and identify factors contributing to the patient’s chief complaint. In many cases, a combination of manual therapies (manipulation/mobilization), specific exercises, ergonomic modifications, nutritional counseling, and physical therapy modalities can result in a satisfying treatment outcome.

So, if you are experiencing neck pain and type in pain management near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my neck.”

Some people will try stretching first to see if they get relief from their neck pain.   A pulled muscle in the back generally will get better with rest.  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional. 

Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.  So if you find yourself experiencing neck pain that is affecting your quality of life and allowing you to enjoy Fort Myers Beach. Come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway. 

Don't let neck pain stop you from enjoying the beautiful SWFL!  Dr. Dr. Tim Harcourt is here to give you the relief you need.


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