Neck Pain

A common problem with an uncommon solution

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The Neck is our Specialty

Neck pain can be a tremendous distraction to your work, your passions and the people you have in your life.  What better way to treat the neck than with a methods tailored specifically for it.  For almost 50 years, the Pierce Clinic has served the St. Petersburg area with a focus on the neck.

Through years of innovation and research, the Pierce Clinic has stayed on the cutting edge of methods to help people with neck pain.  Our goal is to restore the health of you body by dealing with the root cause of your problem, not just masking the symptom.  With precision calculations and a gentle alignment, you have a solution to your neck pain through Advanced Orthogonal care.

I’ve had excruciating neck pain for ten years.  I’m happy to say that my neck has been pain free now for an entire month since my one and only adjustment.

Beth G., Pierce Clinic Patient

I came to the Pierce clinic, complaining of chronic neck and upper back pain that was at times excruciating. I was worried that I was heading for true disability and was unable to perform many basic home and professional functions. I was adjusted… and I feel better than I have in decades. I am so pleased with the results ~ and am a believer in the methods used at the Pierce Clinic; they have restored my health and my life to me.

Anne F., Pierce Clinic Patient

I had severe neck pain for years from playing sports in high school. I was extremely skeptical about chiropractic and coming because it sounded “too good to be true”. My atlas aligned and now I stand up straight and my neck pain is gone.

Michael, Pierce Clinic Patient

The feeling of less stress and pain in my neck and shoulders was the first sign the adjustment was working and I was thrilled! I can actually turn my head with no pain! Others may take this for granted but not me…it has been years since I have had that freedom!

Janice A., Pierce Clinic Patient

It was at Pierce Chiropractic where I was treated and was able to avoid any surgery on my back and neck. (They) got me walking again and living a full life without drugs or surgery.

Mary J., Pierce Clinic Patient

My experience in a week has been no less than life changing. I have suffered with chronic neck and back pain for 30-40 years and have amazingly been healed of the acute neck, jaw and ear pain. Being from the medical field and a long history of back crack type chiropractors, I was very skeptical of gentle adjusting and never aware of the atlas and the profound affect it has on my spine. Thank you for the education and experience. I tell many I know of my experience thus far.

Geri L., Pierce Clinic Patient

Understanding Neck Pain

If you suffer from neck pain, you are not alone.  Neck pain is one of the most common pain issues that people experience. It is the 3rd leading cause of chronic pain(1–4). In 2006, over 13 million people sought care for neck pain, that number increased to 16.3 million in 2010. Today, 1 in 10 Americans are hurting with neck pain and dysfunction and up to 85% of people currently experiencing pain in the neck or cervical region will be bothered by it again within the next 5 years(5,6).

The neck is a complex region of your body. The joints of the neck, particularly in the upper neck, are designed to be flexible so we can move our head around. However, it is this flexibility that makes the neck susceptible to injuries. The neck is made up of an intricate series of muscles and ligaments that hold the head on the spine. It also houses various arteries and veins going to and from the brain. Neurologically, it is the junction between the brain and the body, where the brainstem transitions to the spinal cord. Many structures of the upper neck have direct connections to the brain and are involved in several reflex processes that keep us upright and functioning.

Causes of neck pain can vary. Trauma from a car accident, a fall, or a collision in a sporting event can damage the tissue and structures in the cervical spine, such as the discs, the ligaments, and the nerves. Whiplash is a very common injury seen in our clinic and symptoms can linger for years if left untreated. Pain and dysfunction in the neck isn’t always caused by a direct trauma, in fact often times there is no known direct cause, rather it’s an accumulation of poor posture and biomechanical stress leading to a breakdown of the joints and tissue. Working at a computer, texting, or lots of physical labor can lead to biomechanical and structural changes in the cervical spine, postural distortion and cause neck pain, loss of motion, degeneration, and instability(7–9). This all leads to the bones in your neck to become misaligned.

When the neck is injured and the joints become misaligned, the nerves in your neck can become pinched. When a nerve is pinched, the structures that are controlled by that nerve stop functioning as well. Research also shows that tissue that is injured does not heal if the nerves going to it are injured as well(10–13).

Common Causes

Traditional treatments for neck pain include pain killers, muscle relaxants, NSAIDs, physical therapy, injections, ergonomics, and spinal surgery(3). Often times these treatments do not address the root cause of the problem, leaving the patient with the same problems. Chiropractic has been proven through research to alleviate neck pain symptoms by realigning the structures of the neck to their proper position and reducing the pressure off of the nerves (14–17).

The Pierce Clinic has been serving the Tampa / St. Petersburg region for nearly 50 years. We have helped thousands of patients suffering from neck pain by removing the pressure from the nerves, restoring proper biomechanics to the spine, and allowing the body to heal, which gives our patients their quality of life back. The doctors at the Pierce Clinic are upper cervical specialists who are uniquely trained to analyze your neck for pinched nerves caused by misaligned structures. We use state-of-the-art percussive sound wave technology to give each patient a precise and gentle correction.

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