Neck Pain Chiropractor in Algonquin
Personalized Treatment for Long-Term Pain Relief
Are you looking for a neck pain chiropractor? Neck pain often makes it difficult to concentrate at work, sleep soundly and enjoy normal activities. Don’t let this debilitating pain hold you back any longer.
At Algonquin Chiropractic Center, we specialize in identifying and treating the root cause of your neck pain. Dr. Anthony Galante provides personalized and natural chiropractic solutions to alleviate neck pain without the need for risky surgeries or medications.
Don’t let neck pain control your life. Schedule a consultation today to discover the difference our chiropractic care can make.
Discover the True Cause of Your Neck Pain
Neck pain has several potential causes, ranging from poor posture to trauma from an accident. These causes can lead to various musculoskeletal problems, such as spinal misalignment, spinal ligament injuries, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis and more. To effectively treat your back pain, we first need to know which of these issues you have.
This commitment to getting to the root of the problem is one of the things that sets us apart at Algonquin Chiropractic Center. Rather than taking a one-treatment-fits-all approach to neck pain, Dr. Galante takes the time to identify what’s going on. His initial examination will include all the painless and noninvasive tests necessary to find the root cause of your pain, including a consultation, a detailed examination, any necessary X-rays and more.
Our Painless Patient Process
We understand how intimidating it can be to come to a chiropractor for the first time. Our team helps ease that stress with a warm, welcoming environment. Then you’ll enjoy attentive care from Dr. Anthony Galante. Many of our patients have been to several other doctors, including orthopedic surgeons and neurologists, and after Dr Galante does his exam they say, “No doctor has done those tests to me before.” Here’s how the process will work:
1. Initial Consultation
Dr. Galante will listen attentively as you tell him about the nature of your neck pain. He’ll examine your medical records and ask clarifying questions to get all necessary information.
2. Thorough Testing
Next, we’ll perform all necessary clinical testing with our detailed examination to pinpoint the source of your pain. We’ll ensure you’re comfortable and understand the test results we’re seeing.
3. Treatment Recommendation
Dr. Galante will create a personalized neck pain treatment plan. We’ll always give you the best recommendation, even if it means referring you to another doctor for your problem.
Long-Term Healing with Effective Treatments
As an experienced neck pain chiropractor, Dr. Galante specializes in many effective treatment modalities. The treatments you receive will depend on whether your neck pain is acute or chronic.
For acute, intense and severe pain, Dr. Galante takes a gentle approach to keep from worsening the condition. This begins with pain tolerance testing and continues with treatments to carefully reduce inflammation, including:
- Cold therapy
- Electric stimulation
- Laser therapy
- Gentle stretching exercises
Once these treatments reduce your pain, your treatment will shift to the chiropractic methods Dr. Galante uses to treat chronic pain, including:
These methods will naturally correct musculoskeletal issues over time for a healthier, pain free life!
Get Back to Enjoying Life Without Pain!
We’ve helped countless Algonquin area residents experience pain relief in all the following ways:
No More Headaches
Neck pain is one of the biggest sources of headaches. By bringing your neck back into proper alignment, those headaches can go away!
You’ll have a renewed pep in your step as you do everyday tasks like sitting, computer work, turning and sleeping without persistent neck pain.
We’ll also help you improve your neck posture to decrease your chances of a recurrence of neck pain, so you can live confidently and comfortably.
Proper neck alignment also reduces the risk of losing your balance and falling, which is especially important for elderly people.
Hear From One of Our Neck Pain Patients
Get Personalized Chiropractic Care for Your Neck Pain
Want a neck pain chiropractor who will listen to you and provide a treatment plan designed to meet your specific needs? Dr. Galante has done just that in Algonquin for over 30 years! Please contact us today to schedule an introductory appointment.
Get All Your Burning Questions About Neck Pain Answered!
At Algonquin Chiropractic Center, we don’t only heal your pain, we also help you understand it. After all, the more you know about your condition, the more you can do to improve your situation!
Therefore, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to neck pain. Once you read it, you’ll have a better understanding of where neck pain comes from and what you can do to reduce it. We hope it serves you well on your journey to a pain-free life. Be well!
Table of Contents
Here is a list of quick links to jump to the different sections in this guide:
- What are the Common Causes of Neck Pain?
- Can Sciatica Occur in the Neck?
- Is Your Neck Causing Headaches?
- What are the Best Stretches and Exercises for Neck Pain Relief?
- How Should I Position My Body to Help Ease Neck Pain?
- How Long Does Neck Pain Last?
- Why Do Chiropractors Provide the Best Neck Pain Treatment?
What are the Common Causes of Neck Pain?
Neck pain has several potential causes. Chronic neck pain often develops from frequent poor posture during everyday activities like sitting at a desk, sleeping, looking down at your phone or looking up at a mounted TV screen. Acute neck pain can also come from a traumatic accident, such as whiplash from a car crash or sports injury.
Several musculoskeletal issues produce discomfort in the neck, including:
- Disc degeneration
- Disc herniation
- Muscle inflamation
- Nerve irritation
- Spinal misalignment
- Spinal stenosis
- Soft tissue injuries (including ligament and muscle injuries)
All these conditions have various additional symptoms and associated health risks. Therefore, it’s important to see a chiropractor about your neck pain sooner rather than later. By doing so, you could prevent a potentially serious problem from getting worse.
You should especially see a doctor right away if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms with or without neck pain:
- Numbness, weakness and clumsiness in the hands
- Loss of control of the bowels or bladder
- Pain, tingling or weakness in the legs
This could be a very serious condition called cervical myelopathy, which could require surgery right away to avoid permanent nerve damage and paralysis.
Can Sciatica Occur in the Neck?
You’ve probably heard of the nerve disorder known as sciatica. The pain from this condition often radiates from the lower back down through the buttock, leg and foot. But did you know nerve pain can also occur in the neck? This happens when a disc gets damaged in your upper spine near your head and neck.
When sciatica in the neck occurs, it results in numbness, pain and weakness down the arm. An experienced chiropractor can identify where the disc problem is based on where the pain is occurring in the arm. Once the chiropractor identifies the location of the disc problem, he or she can then prescribe the ideal treatment methods to heal the neck sciatica.
Is Your Neck Causing Headaches?
Not only can issues in the neck be the source of your headache, but neck pain is the most common cause of headaches. Often people mistakenly assume their headaches are coming from sinus pressure when their neck is really to blame.
This type of headache is called a cervicogenic headache. It occurs when the vertebrae in the upper spine become damaged due to natural causes or an injury. This vertebrae damage puts pressure on the nerve that runs from the neck all the way around the skull and into the forehead. So, if you think you have a sinus headache and the allergy pills don’t seem to be helping, it could be because an issue in your neck is to blame.
What are the Best Stretches and Exercises for Neck Pain Relief?
Besides seeing a chiropractor, you can also do several neck pain stretches and exercises on your own. Here are a few of the simplest and most effective exercises Dr. Galante recommends:
Shoulder Blade Stretch
The shoulder blade stretch (also known as the chicken wing stretch) counteracts the problems excessive sitting can cause in the neck. You can do this exercise while standing or sitting. Simply extend your arms outward and your palms upward, then squeeze your shoulder blades together and relax.
We recommend doing three sets of 15 shoulder blade stretch repetitions every day. You should do one set of 15 with your arms above shoulder level, one set with them at shoulder level and one with them below shoulder level.
The neck slide is another effective stretch for preventing neck problems and improving posture. You can do it while standing or sitting. Slowly move your chin forward and backward while keeping your head level. You should feel the muscles stretch in the back of your neck if you’re doing it right.
Once you have the motion down, there are a couple of different ways to do it. One way is to interlock your fingers behind your head to offer resistance as you slide back. You can also do this by holding a towel with both hands and wrapping it around the back of your head for resistance as you stretch.
The scapular squeeze is easy and quick to do from either a standing or seated position. To do it, relax your arms and shoulders, then squeeze your shoulder blades together and relax. Make sure you’re fully relaxing between squeezes. We recommend doing three sets of 15 stretches at any time of the day.
How Should I Position My Body to Help Ease Neck Pain?
The best way to prevent neck pain is by practicing proper posture. 41% of people report having neck pain due to their workspace. So, if you sit at a desk all day, make a conscious effort to sit up straight and keep your head straight. You should also take frequent breaks to get up and stretch throughout the day.
We also recommend exercising your core muscles regularly. The stronger your core muscles are, the less pressure you will put on your head and neck.
Another important question you should ask is, which pillow is best for neck pain? There is not one type of pillow that works best for everyone. But two general guidelines to follow are:
- The pillow shouldn’t be too firm so that it keeps your neck too stiff at night.
- If you sleep on your side, the pillow needs to be thick enough to keep your neck supported and straight through the night.
Interested in more detailed information about how to best position yourself throughout the day? Dr. Galante recently did an extended presentation about ergonomics, sitting and posture. You can watch it in its entirety below.
How Long Does Neck Pain Last?
With proper treatment, acute pain from an injury should go away after a few weeks. Pain that lasts for multiple months is called chronic pain. Chronic pain can last a lifetime if you don’t do anything about it. However, with the proper treatment, good posture and regular exercise, you can reduce the pain and make it go away over time.
Why Do Chiropractors Provide the Best Neck Pain Treatment?
A neck pain chiropractor is the best choice for treatment because it is the safest and most conservative option. Other options, such as prescription medications and surgery, are much riskier and not nearly as effective.
A doctor may prescribe medication, steroids, opioids and possibly even injections to treat neck pain. All these options come with a serious risk of addiction and potentially harmful side effects. Furthermore, many of them only treat the symptoms of neck pain without correcting the underlying musculoskeletal issues. Because of this, these options can be short-term fixes at best.
Surgery also comes with a serious risk of complications. Therefore, it should always be a last resort rather than a first option. There’s a good chance you may not need surgery as only a small percentage of patients do, because chiropractic care could fix your problem naturally. Moreover, surgery doesn’t have a 100% success rate, so your pain could persist even after you go under the knife.
Contrast these risky options with natural and noninvasive chiropractic care. An experienced chiropractor will explore all avenues for getting you help that don’t involve risky surgery or medications. Chiropractic modalities come without risky side effects or complications. Dr Galante will refer you to orthopedic surgeons, neurologists and pain management doctors as needed. But more likely than not, a chiropractor will provide the care you need for a significant reduction in neck pain.
Ready to Experience Natural Neck Pain Relief?
Dr. Galante and the Algonquin Chiropractic Center staff are ready to help. Get the personalized care you need by contacting us to schedule a consultation today.