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Neck pain’s biggest myth

I came in with severe neck pain. I felt like my right arm was going to fall off. My neck was out of alignment. I got adjusted. It was a real light touch from traditional chiropractic, where they crack your neck. Afterwards I felt a lot of tension leave, and the tension went away after two weeks.

Mark T.
Neck Pain Sufferer

Why does my neck hurt? For those dealing with neck pain, it can be an annoying question with few real answers and a few wrong ones. And there’s one big myth out there that keeps a lot of people in pain.

This is myth believed by primary care doctors, orthopedists, physical therapists, and even some chiropractors – causing them to tell you a little white lie about your neck pain.

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What is that myth?

The biggest neck pain myth—I’ve got arthritis. Neck pain is my destiny.

ArthritisExample1If you happen to get an MRI, or an x-ray, you may be told that you’ve got a little bit of arthritis or mild disc disease. Or a lot of both. And that the presence of these things explain your pain.

The funny thing about neck pain, x-rays and arthritis, is this: your great Aunt Matilda could have ten times the amount of joint degeneration and disc disease, and not experience any of the neck pain that’s causing you to suffer.

For example, in our Auburn Hills upper cervical chiropractic practice, we often order x-rays of patients with a lot of neck pain, who also happen to have a lot of arthritis.

After their upper cervical correction their pain reduces and goes away, often in a few weeks.

We could take another x-ray, months later, and still see that same amount of arthritis. So the arthritis wasn’t necessarily causing the pain, was it?

The truth about neck pain and arthritis

Just because you have neck pain doesn’t mean you have arthritis. And just because you have arthritis in an x-ray doesn’t mean you’re going to have pain.

Yes, advanced joint degeneration in the neck could be a weakness that leads to pain, especially after an injury. Yes, pain can come from stressed intervertebral discs and joints. Joint degeneration is never a desirable thing.

But just because a physician or chiropractor or physical therapist says there’s arthritis in your spine, doesn’t mean you’re destined for a life of neck pain.

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Your neck pain and your arthritis are symptoms of the same problem

So what’s the truth? Your neck pain and your arthritis are symptoms of the same problem: poor head-to-neck neck alignment. A problem that often ends in the loss of the neck’s proper curve, and the stretching or compression of sensitive ligaments in the neck.

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Before and after neck transformation – results vary

For some people this will lead to arthritis and joint break down. For others it will lead to a painful neck. And some people will experience both, thinking one is leading to the other.

But if they got a second opinion from a  upper cervical chiropractor in Oakland County, they might find that their neck pain, even with arthritis, doesn’t have to be their destiny.

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Upper Cervical Chiropractor at Life In Alignment Chiropractic
Dr. Zachary Ward first discovered the power of spinal care after watching his little brother heal from debilitating pain. Now he practices a unique form of chiropractic care that offers you the opportunity to experience your body in a new, freer way. Contact him via social media or via the contact form to request a ten minute health review. He also blogs at DrZWard.com.
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