Even Minor Neck Discomfort Can Have Serious, Long-Term Consequences
When you’ve done something to your neck—twisted it playing sports, strained it in a motor vehicle accident, or developed acute pain through repetitive stress or motion—it’s important to get comprehensive medical treatment as soon as possible, even if the pain or discomfort seems relatively minor. Your neck bones, muscles and connective tissue are integrally related to other areas of your body, including your shoulders and spine. Untreated neck pain can cause you to make adjustments that lead to additional injury. Furthermore, a “pain in the neck” can actually be a symptom of a more serious underlying injury.
In some instances, discomfort in your neck can be a symptom of a degenerative disease, such as arthritis or spinal stenosis, which can be treated. Furthermore, some neck pain stems almost exclusively from lifestyle choices, such as spending hours crouched or bent over a computer or other work machine, or from poor ergonomics or posture. In those situations, the discomfort in your neck can often be alleviated through changes in your daily habits.
The Potential Consequences of Ignoring Neck Pain
Your neck is the pathway from your brain to your spinal cord, with bundles of nerves that affect every area of your body. When you have pain in your neck, it can cause inflammation, impinging nerves that control your extremities. Pinched nerves can lead to a variety of health issues, from persistent headaches to pain in your shoulders, arms and upper back, as well as weakness and even muscle damage in your hands and arms. You may also experience changes in your sleep patterns.
Comprehensive Care in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex
At Accident Centers of Texas, we devote our full attention, skills and resources to helping you reestablish maximum health. We have eight convenient locations throughout the DFW Metroplex, from Dallas, Oak Cliff, Pleasant Grove, and Fort Worth to Arlington, Frisco, Irving, and Garland. We can usually see you the same day you call. You may be treated by one of our nurse practitioners, by a chiropractor, or by both, depending on your medical needs.
When you have any illness or injury that requires medical care, we can help. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For an appointment, call us at 214-974-4041 or contact us online.