Chiropractic Care For Neck Sprain

by Administrator 17. February 2017 14:39

Neck sprain refers to stretching of the ligaments and soft tissues present between the cervical vertebrae, which supports the weight of the head. Cervical vertebrae is highly susceptible to injuries due to its substantial capability to move and rotate. Neck sprain is a common problem caused mainly due to poor lifestyle and posture issues. A chronic sprain may lead to severe issues and impact the range of motion of the cervical spine.


  • Sudden jerk in the neck
  • Keeping the neck bent for a prolonged period
  • Using a stiff or too high pillow
  • Resting your head on your fist or arm for a very long time
  • Keeping the head in odd positions while watching TV, reading or using a phone
  • Stretching of the neck during workout
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Obesity
  • Carrying heavy weight on shoulders
  • Growing age


  • Stiff neck ( problems in side to side, up-down and circular movements )
  • Pain may radiate from back of the head to neck and shoulders
  • Muscle spasm in shoulders
  • Numbness in arms and hands
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Sore Throat


Physical examination to observe the posture, joint’s range of motion and the movements that cause pain to exaggerate. The curvature and alignment of patient’s spine may also be noted to check for spasm.

The chiropractor may conduct a neurological examination to observe the impacted nerve and patient’s reflexes. The following imaging tests may also be recommended:

  • X- Ray – It helps to identify any kind of bone related issue, such as a fracture, Arthritis, Bone Spur etc.
  • MRI and CT scans – These aid in visualizing any kind of herniation and bulging discs
  • EMG – An electromyography may be conducted to test your nerve response, if the chiropractor suspects a damaged nerve.

Chiropractic Care For Neck Sprain

The chiropractors use manual therapy and other chiropractic techniques to treat various musculoskeletal issues. They develop a customized treatment plan depending upon severity of the condition and symptoms experienced by the patient. The treatment includes the usage of neck adjustments, mobilization techniques, posture correction, rehabilitative exercises or traction procedures.

Neck Adjustments

These adjustments act as cervical manipulations which loosen the joints of cervical vertebrae, thereby improving spine’s mobility and range of motion. In just a couple of sittings, a patient may experience considerable reduction in pain and spasm along with increased muscle flexibility.

Cervical mobilization

The chiropractor moves the patient’s head in forward, backward, left and right directions, switching between the side motions and rotations. This technique aims at reducing stiffness between the spinal and the cervical segments.

Manual Traction

In this, the chiropractor stretches the patient’s spine, by pulling his neck at a certain angle that causes pain. This procedure is often combined with neck adjustments and cervical mobilization procedures to provide best results.

Interferential Stimulation

It is the most common electrical stimulation technique used in chiropractic setting which uses low frequency (<250pps) waves to stimulate the nerve impulses. This stimulation creates a current that sweeps into the affected neck tissue with very little resistance. The flowing current gives a massage like effect and triggers release of endorphins and pain relieving hormones which reduces swelling as well as soothes the muscles.

The chiropractic treatment reduces the production of inflammatory cytokines in the body, which may decrease muscle tension in the neck and help the patients to recover fast.

Neck Sprain Prevention Tips

  • Sit straight with relaxed shoulders and lower back supported
  • When working on computer, adjust the screen at eye level
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach
  • Use pillows that provide neck support
  • Perform exercises to strengthen your neck muscles
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Carry weight evenly on your shoulders
  • Maintain a healthy body weight

For complete treatment of neck sprain and other medical problems, visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness. The chiropractors at the clinic use the latest chiropractic techniques to help patients find relief from pain and regain joint’s lost functionality. Patients in Killeen, TX can call at (254) 698 – 1600 to schedule an appointment with the chiropractors.


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