Neck pain is the second most common complaint we treat at Aleck Pain to Performance. The majority of neck pain is due to poor postural habits and positions the body is in throughout the day.
The pain felt - whether in the neck, shoulder(s), or down the arm(s) - is the body’s alarm for needed change. Patients who take time to receive a proper assessment to truly understand how the condition behaves allows Dr. Aleck to implement the right tool for the job.
What are the most common Causes for Neck Pain?
The most common neck pain in our office is mechanical in nature, that means it’s a result of how we move (or don’t move) and use our body. To fix a mechanical problem, a mechanical solution is required for results.
Mechanical dysfunction in the neck can often lead to pain or numbness traveling down the arm, muscle weakness or grip strength asymmetry, and sometimes patches of decreased sensation. While this may be scary to patients, these changes are usually not permanent and can be easily reversed through a course of mechanical diagnosis and therap
How can we help?
The therapy that Dr. Aleck provides, both in-office and teaching the patient to do themselves, aims to restore full and pain-free ranges of motion. This then progresses into the strengthening of the surrounding joints, muscles, and tissues to better tolerate the load and stress that life provides.
Is imaging required?
Mechanical neck pain does not always require imaging. Just because someone has neck pain doesn’t mean they need an X-Ray or MRI. Also, an MRI that shows “degeneration,” “disc bulges,” or “arthritis” doesn’t mean it’s generating your specific pain.
Dr. Aleck’s mechanical exam takes account for many more precise factors which is our number one suggestion when people ask where they should start. From there he steers each patient in the right direction for their next steps in care.
The assessment process is the most important part of the Aleck Pain to Performance experience.
You will go through a detailed exam to determine exactly where your pain is coming from.
Depending on the needs of the patient, the examination process may consist of: functional evaluation, orthopedic assessment, neurological assessment, soft tissue palpation/assessment, or joint motion palpation.
Once your assessment is complete, we sit down together and walk you through your plan to recovery. We discuss a timeline, and what treatments will catapult the speed of recovery, and what stretches, exercises and any minor modifications in your day to day life that need to take place outside of clinic.
Follow up appointments are 20 minutes in length of 1-on-1 treatment doing everything possible to speed up care. Most patients start noticing changes within their first day of treatment, and it’s very rare that people aren’t starting to notice improvements after just 2-3 visits.
Contrary to traditional chiropractic clinics, we don’t make you come back multiple times a week for months on end, wasting both time and money. We quickly identify the underlying issue, provide hands-on treatment, and educate you on how YOU can be an active participant in your recovery process.