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Burning Neck Pain: What it is and How to Treat it

Burning Neck Pain:  What it is and How to Treat it

Burning neck pain feels like hot needles.  Sometimes, the pain races into the shoulder, down the arm, and into the hands as well. The burning sensation can result from various injuries and conditions, some of which we treat with the Gonstead technique at Slovin Chiropractic Center in Norwalk.

The Causes of Burning Neck Pain

The most common cause of burning neck pain at our center is a sprain (in the ligaments) or strain (in the muscles). These are generally due to whiplash injury. Whiplash occurs when the head jerks back and forth or side to side in an accident or traumatic injury.

A few other causes of burning neck pain treated at our chiropractic center include:

·         Herniated disc.  When the gel-like substance separating the vertebrae slips out, it often causes nerve compression, which can cause a burning sensation.

·         Brachial plexus injury.  There’s a bundle of nerves that spread from the cervical spinal cord into the shoulder and arm.  If these are stretched, torn, or injured, it can lead to burning neck pain.

·         Radiculopathy.  Like a herniated disc, this condition causes a pinched nerve and is commonly the result of aging, but a trauma injury to the spine can also be the cause. 

·         Central pain syndrome. Damage to nerves in the central nervous system causes a laundry list of pain symptoms, including burning neck pain. 

·         Cervical spondylosis.  This is wear-and-tear on the spine because of age.  The discs get smaller and dehydrate, forming protrusions on the spinal bones (bone spurs).  

·         Carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve palsy, sciatica, and other mononeuropathies.  This is damage to a single nerve that often leads to a burning sensation.

·         Torticollis.  A wry neck commonly occurs from a poor sleep position, bad posture (such as looking down at your phone for several hours at a time), or injury.

·         Stingers. The athlete’s body takes a beating, especially in contact sports like football, wrestling, and hockey.  When the head and shoulder twist in opposite directions, or if there’s a direct injury to the area just above the collarbone, the athlete may feel a burning or stinging sensation in the neck, shoulder, and arm. 

Stingers in Athletes

This is an important topic to cover for our active and athletic Norwalk community.  A stinger is a specific type of nerve injury in the neck.  There are a few things you should know about it, such as:

·         It can cause weakness, tingling, and numbness in the shoulder or arm.

·         Symptoms are generally quick, but they often return, especially if there are multiple stinger injuries.

·         Multiple stinger injuries can lead to long-term nerve damage.

·         The best way to recover from the injury is to avoid the sport until the injury is treated.

Treating Burning Neck Pain

As with all conditions, treatment depends on the cause of the burning neck pain.  Our chiropractors focus on the Gonstead method to help with various conditions that present with a burning sensation. Here’s how and why the treatments work.

·         Gonstead adjustments are targeted adjustments to the spine, hips, and extremities. The techniques your Gonstead chiropractor performs are like putting the pieces of a puzzle in their proper place. To compare, a general spinal manipulation is like shaking up the box, throwing the pieces on the table, and hoping they all fall in place. 

·         Treatments are non-invasive and drug-free.  This is a novelty in our current society, where pills of all shapes, colors and side effects are thrown out to the public like candy on Halloween. 

·         We personalize treatment plans, and we don’t take a one-treatment-fits-all approach. That approach makes things worse.  At Slovin Chiropractic Center, we promise not to leave you in worse shape than when you came to us. Our personalized and targeted treatment plans are designed to get you back to mobility safely.  

Witness Dr. Suh treat the burning neck pain in this architect with multiple conditions contributing to his burning neck pain. 

If you’re suffering from burning neck pain, see Dr. Slovin for a consultation. Even if you don’t know the cause, we can help you find it and give you our best advice on what to do next.  Don’t let it get worse. 

Additional Sources:

Healthline: Causes of burning sensation

University of Rochester Medical Center:  Put a stop to nerve injuries called stingers

Healthfully:  What are the causes of burning neck pain?


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5 Totally Unexpected Symptoms of a Slipped Disc

5 Totally Unexpected Symptoms of a Slipped Disc

A slipped disc is when the soft cushion sitting between the backbones slips out from the stack and pushes on surrounding nerves, muscles, and joints.  A disc herniation [r1] can affect the entire body, leading to some unusual symptoms you wouldn’t immediately associate with the slipped disc. As Gonstead chiropractors, we treat this condition regularly, which means we’ve seen many typical and not-so-typical symptoms surface because of a bulging disc in the back. Here’s what you should know about them.

Slipped Disc Symptoms – The Usual vs. The Unexpected

Some symptoms are immediate and obvious, including:

·         Pain, redness, or inflammation around the injury site or following the injured nerve root

·         Arm, leg, and hip pain

·         Numbness and tingling

·         Weakness in the neck, back, legs, or arms

Other symptoms aren’t so obvious.  The body doesn’t work in a vacuum.  When something goes wrong in the spine, it can affect all areas of the body. Here are five totally unexpected symptoms of a slipped disc and why they occur.

Urinary Difficulty and Constipation

If disc prolapse happens in the lower back, it could compress and injure some of the nerves bundles at the bottom of your spine.  When this happens, it’s called cauda equina syndrome and can lead to problems with constipation and urination — such as difficulty initiating a stream or incontinence.

Mood Swings

Chronic back pain is proven to cause new or worsened mental health conditions.  On that same token, mental health disorders can worsen chronic pain.  They feed off each other, causing a massive imbalance in essential mood and pain-relieving hormones and chemicals like serotonin, cortisol, dopamine, and endorphins. Symptoms like depression and anxiety could be the result of:

·         Disrupted sleep

·         Constant pain or discomfort

·         Limited movement and, consequently, restricted flow of essential healing fluids and communications

·         Poor job performance because of the injury

·         Low quality of life

Saddle Anesthesia

This symptom is exactly what it sounds like — a loss of sensation in the areas that touch a saddle: the inner thighs, back of the thighs, rectum, and vagina or scrotal regions. 

Foot and Leg Pain

A bulging disc in the lower back can put pressure on the main nerve going down the leg. This is usually called sciatica, which some people experience without any back pain.

Pain While Laughing, Sneezing, or Coughing

When we sneeze, laugh, or cough, we put pressure on the abdomen. You can feel the muscles tighten, and you’ve probably felt the soreness that comes from a good long, hard laugh or a terrible bout of allergies or coughing.  The muscles in the back feel that pressure, which can cause pain in the herniated disc area. 

Safe, Natural & Effective Slipped Disc Treatment

The good news is that we can treat most slipped disc problems at our clinic in Norwalk, Slovin Chiropractic Center.  Using targeted techniques, Dr. Slovin examines the body as a whole and doesn’t focus on just one symptom.  A Gonstead adjustment isn’t the same as spinal manipulation.  Manipulating the spine is like shaking up a puzzle box and hoping all the pieces fall in place.  With a Gonstead approach, you can expect a tailored, personalized treatment that targets the unique issues you’re experiencing. 

Learn more about how a Gonstead chiropractor treats slipped discs. 

No matter how long you’ve had a herniated disc, our chiropractors are well-equipped to help you find the right solution.  Dr. Slovin has successfully treated hundreds of back pain conditions over the last two decades without using dependency-causing medications or invasive surgeries.  Experience the relief for yourself and request an appointment at Slovin Chiropractic Center today. 

Sources:

UCLA Health:  Disc Herniation

Oasis Med:  Chronic Back Pain and Mental Health

Mayo Clinic: Herniated Disc Symptoms and Causes

Core Orthopedics and Spine Medicine: Unexpected Symptoms of Herniated Disc[r2]