Get Rid Of Neck Pain From Sleeping Wrong!
A locked up neck from sleeping can ruin your week - we can help
It's unfortunate but let's face it; the older we get, the more likely we are to wake up with a neck that hurts in a way that most of us would consider inappropriate to say the least. Not only that but you can hardly move your head or neck in one direction or the other. It is beyond painful and it is absolutely miserable. If you're going to be in pain on that level, wouldn't you at least like to have earned it? But no, you just went to sleep and woke up that way.
So now what? Should you go to the emergency room, urgent care, your family doctor, or the chiropractor? What's the best course of action when something like this happens?
Let's talk about what commonly causes something like this. Without getting too technical, you have cartilage in the facet joints in your neck. Those are the joints that stack on top of each other just behind the spinal cord. When we are in one position for a long time, especially in a position that is at the extent of our range of motion, those folds can sort of.....unfold to an extent. When I say to the extent of your range of motion, I'm talking about maybe having the head turned all of the ways to one side or the other and laying like that for a long time while sleeping.
The medical term is entrapped or extrapped depending on how they unfold. That doesn't matter. What matters is that it hurts a lot!
Here's the excellent news, this pain responds really well to spinal manipulative therapy, which is what chiropractors are the most known for. This pain is caused by how joints are, or are not, moving together. So, in essence, it's a movement-related pain. Movement-related pain responds better to movement-related treatment like spinal manipulative therapy than it will respond to chemical treatment. Chemical treatments are pills, muscle relaxers, cortisone shots, and things like that. Chemical treatments just aren't as effective for movement-related problems.
These folds that have unfolded are somewhat quick to go back to their original shape and intent once we help them out a little through a few trips to a chiropractor that knows what's going on and knows how to help. Once we've gently treated the area, we will then use a technique called restrictive range of motion to start increasing the range of motion in the neck to get the patient functioning better and moving better than when they first showed up at our clinic. Then we'll provide some at-home exercises to make sure they can continue the improvement once they return to the house.
So, if I woke up one morning unable to turn my head or even get comfortable, I would first do a bit of a self-assessment to try to determine whether there is any kind of emergency going on. We typically have a sense of whether or not it's just musculoskeletal or if something bigger is going on. There is almost never something bigger going on, by the way. Once you determine there's no emergency, I would go directly to the chiropractor. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, just get there and have them help you get back on the pain-free path.
If you're in the Texas Panhandle or will be traveling through and need to be evaluated and treated, please call us at 806-355-3000 and let's get you on the schedule.
Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP is double Board Certified as a Fellow in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedics as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.
Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020 & 2021. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Medical at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.
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