Neck Pain

Neck Pain Correction by Dr. Janet Jeranek, Our Kenosha Chiropractor

If you are suffering from an ache in your neck that has you looking for a chiropractor in Kenosha, you are not alone. Neck pain affects nearly 50% of those in the workforce, and at any point in time, it's estimated that 12% of women and 9% of men are experiencing neck pain, which often includes shoulder pain and can lead to headachesas well. At Jeranek Family Chiropractic, our Kenosha chiropractor, Dr. Janet L. Jeranek treats a variety of ailments, including neck pain, in both adults and children, but the first step in treatment is to take a close look at the symptoms and perform a thorough examination to determine the cause of the symptoms.

Woman with neck pain needs chiropractic care.

Common Sources of Neck Pain

Some of the most common sources of neck pain include

  • Soft tissue injuries to the muscles, tendon, and/or ligaments
  • Whiplash
  • Arthritis of the spine, which irritates nerves in the neck
  • Spinal injuries and conditions
  • Disc problems
  • Degeneration
  • Poor Posture
  • Text Neck
  • Stomach Sleeping
  • Reversed curvature
  • Computer posture

Determining the cause of neck pain is not something to simply guess at. At Jeranek Family Chiropractic, our diagnostic evaluation is very thorough and we will examine the spine, joints, ligaments, muscles, and discs as well as ask you several questions about your history to get a clear picture of what factors play a role in your neck pain, so the most effective treatment possible can be administered.

What Neck Pain Means for a Child

young boy and his chiropractor looking at a model of the human spine

Whenever a parent brings a child in for chiropractic care, the process for evaluating the child's symptoms is always a bit different than if an adult were to come in with the same issue. Since a child’s body is still growing, more care needs to be taken when delivering Chiropractic treatment to help the child both short and long term.

Most instances of neck pain in children are similar to what an adult experiences, and are caused by muscle strain, awkward sleep position, turn the head too fast, holding the head in a still position too long, texting, or falling while playing.

While some may suggest giving a child over the counter pain medicine when they have symptoms of a neck ache, there are several reasons to give chiropractic care a chance. At Jeranek Family Chiropractic, Dr. Janet Jeranek, our Kenosha chiropractor looks at the whole person when she decides which service or services a patient needs to correct the cause of pain and help patient’s recover from their injuries. She uses this approach with a child as well as with adults. In caring for a child’s neck pain, she may try a variety of approaches including

One thing that we don’t prescribed is medication. In many cases the treatment Dr. Janet Jeranek delivers is enough to take care of symptoms and have the child back to their regular activities in no time. When a child sees how chiropractic care from Dr. Janet Jeranek, a Kenosha chiropractor can make them feel better, they learn an important lesson that relief from discomfort is a two-way street, and lasting relief requires participation and commitment from the health care provider as well as the patient.

Common Causes of Headaches and Migraines

business woman holding her head due to a headache

Headaches and migraines can stem from a number of underlying causes. Temporary, acute headache symptoms can occur in association with overexertion, high blood pressure levels, sudden withdrawal from caffeine, or hormonal imbalances. Some people even suffer from inexplicable headaches that wake them out of a sound sleep. The primary types of chronic headaches, however, can be categorized as:

Tension Headaches - Tension headaches and neck pain or tenderness frequently occur together -- which is no surprise, since a typical tensions headache begins as a muscle spasm in the neck. Tight neck muscles can pull on sensitive membranes such as the dura mater, a tissue that envelopes the brain. The dura mater responds by relaying the feeling of pain, pressure or tenderness to the head and neck. A cervical spine misalignment can place the neck under constant strain as it struggles with the unbalanced weight of your head. 

Migraines - Migraines can causes extraordinarily painful headaches that last for up to 72 hours. Other disabling symptoms may include dizziness, nauseam light sensitivity, and blurry vision. Although migraines can be set off by a number of stimuli, from ingredients in food to changes in weather, they can also be trigged by physical strain, this means that the same neck stresses that cause tension headaches could also be behind your migraines. 

Cluster headaches - Cluster headaches cause multiple agonizing bouts of pain on one side of the face, it's believed that these headaches can originate from upper cervical imbalances, upsetting the balance between the skull and the first two spinal vertebrae. 

Whiplash as a Cause of Headaches

Headaches can also occur as a complication of a neck or head injury. Whiplash is a prime example of such a cervicogenic headache. When the cervical spine is violently jolted in an impact, the forceful motion of the head can push cervical vertebrae out of alignment while also straining neck tissues and joints. The resulting nerve impingement and tissue damage can manifest itself as both neck pain and headache pain. Concussions (which may be sustained in the same kinds of impacts) can also produce headaches.

How Chiropractic Care Relieves Both Neck Pain and Headaches

chiropractor adjusting female patients neck

If you have headaches that simply refuse to leave you alone, you need to treat their underlying cause. For that kind of relief, turn to chiropractic care. Dr. Jeranek can evaluate your headache symptoms, patterns and history while also looking at your cervical spinal alignment. You may need gentle, subtle chiropractic adjustments to bring your neck and head into a more symmetrical balance, allowing your neck muscles and nerves to function more normally. These changes can prove effective in managing tension, cluster and migraine headaches.

Our headache relief methods don't end with spinal adjustments. We can also ease neck muscle strain and spasms through a variety of physiotherapy techniques. Examples include:

• Whirlpool sessions that warm, massage and relax the neck

• Cervical spinal traction, which gently and safely relieves nerve compression and cervical disc problems

•Electrical muscle therapy, a technique for increasing blood flow to damaged neck tissues and stimulate healing responses for faster, more complete recovery.

Corrective exercises to help you banish neck stiffness or overcome weaknesses that promote chronic headache pain.

If your everyday activities make you especially vulnerable to neck pain and headaches, we may recommend lifestyle modifications to help you avoid postural problems or repetitive motion strain in the neck. Tension headache sufferers, for instance, may benefit from adjusting their monitor position at work or holding their smartphones higher. Migraine sufferers may benefit from nutritional suggestions and other measures for avoiding their specific migraine triggers. These smart strategies can keep your headaches under control while also protecting you against chronic neck pain.

Contact Your Neck and Headache Chiropractor in Kenosha 

To learn more about how Dr. Janet Jeranek, a chiropractor in Kenosha can help you or your child's neck pain Call Jeranek Family Chiropractic at (262) 694-7833, today!

(262) 694-7833

7505 41st Avenue, Kenosha, Wi, 53142, USA

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  • "My problems started two years ago and I couldn’t walk, I was stuck on a walker, almost bent in half. Dr. Jeranek has helped me very much. I feel better, I walk better, straighter, and without a walker, it’s a night and day difference. I would highly recommend seeing her."
    Myrna J. (female 82)
  • "I had a sore lower back for about a year and sore knees for about 4-5 years before I started seeing Dr. Janet Jeranek. Dr. Jeranek’s rehabilitative Chiropractic care has significantly improved my back pain and both my knees have shown very little pain lately. I am very happy that I can do all of my normal activities with more flexibility with very little pain."
    Ralph M. (Male 75)
  • "I am a semi truck driver and the seat bounces me around. The MRI showed that I messed up my discs in my lower back, I have been suffering from lower back pain for years. I started noticing numbness, tingling, and weakness in my left leg a few weeks ago. So I called Dr. Jeranek and she got me in right away. Now I am feeling great with not leg tingling, weakness, or numbness. Give her a try, you will be glad you did!"
    David B (Male 50)