Finding a neck chiropractor that is trained to treat problems in the upper spine, can save a person from a life of disability, surgery, and drugs. Many neck pain treatments focus only on covering up symptoms when the most commonly overlooked cause of the problem is in the upper spine. If a person neglects getting the appropriate chiropractic treatment, an upper cervical misalignment can lead to premature arthritis and irreversible spinal degeneration.
What are the risks of chiropractic neck adjustments? Chiropractic neck adjustments are safe when performed by a chiropractor who is trained and licensed. Overall very rare, complications may include a herniated disk or a worsening of an existing disk herniation, compression of nerves in the lower spinal column, or a certain type of stroke.
If you have any of the following conditions, you will want to avoid chiropractic neck adjustments:
- Severe osteoporosis
- Loss of strength, tingling or numbness in an arm or leg
- Cancer in your spine
- An increased risk of stroke
- A bone abnormality in the upper neck
The spine is extremely strong and stable when it is properly aligned. However, the top two neck bones are especially vulnerable to injury or misalignment. When a misalignment occurs at the top of the neck, the spine compensates for it below in an attempt to protect the nervous system, triggering a chain reaction from the top to the bottom of the spine.
When patients seek the help of a specialized neck chiropractor, they can be empowered to live the healthiest, pain-free, and active life possible. Call McKim Chiropractic to schedule a consultation with a qualified neck chiropractor. Our licensed and certified staff is happy to help the residents of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID, live their life pain free!