Neck Pain Or Headaches

The average person spends between two and four hours hunched over their smartphones every day. This unnatural position puts pounds of extra pressure on the bones and muscles in the upper body, causing a modern condition experts call “text neck.” Providers at Desert Fountain Medical in Fountain Hills, Arizona use non-invasive, holistic treatments for lasting relief from “text neck” and other kinds of neck and headache pain. To schedule your pain assessment with Desert Fountain Medical, call or click today.

Neck Pain or Headaches Q & A

What causes neck pain?

According to the National Institute of Health Statistics, neck pain ties with headaches as the second most reported type of pain in the United States. Neck pain involves bones, joints, nerves, or muscles from the lower jaw to the upper back.
Acute neck pain usually fades within a day or two. A sudden twist in the wrong direction or a day spent in front of the computer can cause minor acute neck pain. Chronic pain lasts a few months or more and requires treatment for improvement.

Many different conditions cause neck pain including:

  • Compressed nerves
  • Disc problems
  • Disease
  • Injury
  • Joint problems
  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • Stress

What causes headaches?

Headaches feel different for everyone. Some people feel a dull ache in a single spot or persistent throbbing. Others have pain that radiates from one side of the head to the other. Headaches can last hours, days, or even weeks, depending on the cause.

Problems with structures in your head that sense pain causes primary headaches. Primary headaches involve brain chemicals, the blood vessels surrounding the skull, or the head and neck muscles.

Cluster headaches, tension headaches, and migraines are all primary headaches. Specific lifestyle factors trigger many primary headaches. Common triggers include:

  • Certain foods and drinks
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor posture
  • Skipped meals
  • Stress

Secondary headaches are symptoms of others conditions. Health problems that cause headaches include:

  • Sinusitis
  • Concussion
  • Dehydration
  • Influenza
  • Tooth or jaw problems
  • Tumors
  • High blood pressure

How is head and neck pain treated?

Effective pain treatment involves getting to the root of the problem. Your provider uses a physical exam, family history, and state-of-the-art diagnostics to assess the issues behind your pain. From there they create your treatment plan to reduce pain.

Your pain management plan may include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic massage

Desert Fountain Medical providers relieve neck pain holistically, treating not just the pain itself, but the physiological issues behind it.

Don’t slap a Band-Aid on your pain. Treat it for good. To feel, move, and function better, call or click to schedule an appointment with a pain provider at Desert Fountain Medical today.