How Chiropractic Care Can Treat Neck Pain in Children
Neck pain amongst children and adolescents is an increasingly common health issue. The growing prevalence of neck pain and other musculoskeletal issues in kids has been linked to unhealthy technology habits, with teens and young children often spending hours hunched over mobile phones, laptops, and gaming consoles.
Signs and Symptoms of Neck Pain in Children
The symptoms of neck pain in children closely resemble that of neck pain in adults. Depending on the severity of the underlying disorder, neck pain can cause stiffness, persistent aches, nerve pain, recurrent headaches, insomnia, joint stiffness, concentration issues, and even muscle spasms. Depending on the age of your child, they may or may not be able to communicate their discomfort. Therefore, as a parent, you should take note if your child is favoring one side, having difficulty sleeping, or expressing any other signs of physical discomfort.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects Neck Pain in Children
The upper cervical spine is a key source of support and cushioning for the head carriage and musculature surrounding the spinal cord and central nervous system (CNS). Consequently, postural issues relating to the upper cervical spine are a particularly common cause of neck pain amongst children. Heavy use of cell phones, tables, and other gadgets can lead to rounded shoulders, constantly hunched backs, and tilted necks. Over time, these postural issues can strain the upper cervical vertebral column, misaligning vertebra and producing excess inflammation around the CNS.
How Our Upper Cervical Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain Works
If your child is experiencing recurrent neck pain, our expert team of chiropractors may be able to help. Before we commence any adjustments, our well-trained chiropractic staff will perform a series of non-invasive, objective tests to determine whether your child is suffering from a misalignment in the upper cervical spine.
If a misaligned vertebra is detected, we may need to employ gentle X-rays and cone-beam computed tomography scans to establish the precise position and angulation of the misalignment. Using this information, our resident expert, Dr. Kramer, will then create a tailored strategy for realigning the affected vertebra. By restoring the natural alignment of the upper cervical spine and removing a major driver for postural asymmetry and CNS inflammation, we hope to ease both the symptoms and underlying cause of neck pain in your child.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Las Vegas services adults and children across Las Vegas, Clark County, and the wider region, including patients in California, Utah, and Arizona.