While less common than low back pain, Neck pain is the second most frequent symptom that motivates people to seek Chiropractic. It exists in all ages, races, and geographic regions, but is
slightly more common in women than men*. Pain usually comes from recent sprain and strain neck injuries, chronic repetitive actions and bad posture, or from changes to disc and joint health
under degenerative arthritic processes. Autoimmune diseases or strokes can lead to severe neck pain that are sometimes mistaken for other musculoskeletal pain. Periodically, skeptics
circulate misinformation that Chiropractic causes strokes, but a recent major meta-analysis of the literature demonstrated that a stroke is just as common after seeing a medical doctor for
pain as it is after a chiropractic visit. This suggests that in these situations it is a failure to diagnose a stroke already in progress#. Not all strokes follow the classic pattern (facial
droop, slurring of speech, blurred vision, confusion) and if someone suddenly experiences severe pain for no obvious reason, one should consider stroke a possibility until ruled out.
Otherwise, Chiropractic is an excellent choice for safely and effectively treating most sources of neck pain. Creekside Chiropractic and Rehabilitation has been helping patients with
neck pain in Sheboygan for over 20 years with great success.
*Fejer, R., Kyvik, K.O. & Hartvigsen. The Prevalence of Neck Pain in the World Population: A Systematic Critical Review of the Literature. J. Eur Spine J (2006) 15: 834. doi:10.1007/s00586-004-0864-4
#Church, Ephraim W; Sieg, Emily P; Zalatimo, Omar; Hussain, Namath S; Glantz, Michael; Harbaugh, Robert E (2016). "Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Chiropractic Care and Cervical Artery Dissection: No Evidence for Causation. Cureus. 2016 Feb; 8(2): e498.