The most important question to ask when you experience neck pain is; Where is my pain coming from, nerves, muscles, joints/bone, or some other reason? You need to know what's causing your neck pain because that impacts your treatment options. As you probably know, there are a lot of ways to experience neck pain. It may be mild or severe, numbing or burning, in your neck or in your hand. There's a variety of symptoms because there's a variety of causes of neck pain. There are three types of doctors you can see to diagnose where your pain is coming from; Chiropractors, Medical Doctors, or Osteopaths. The medical approach generally revolves around pain killers, anti-inflammatories, or muscle relaxers. Chiropractic care relies on an extensive examination of you followed by the proper treatment option, whether that be chiropractic care, massage therapy, physical therapy, or even at home stretches. Also, should your neck pain be caused by one of the more rare reasons; tumor, infection, fracture, or rupture, our doctors are trained to diagnose and give you the proper referral. Your head is a lot to carry around—it can weigh 8 pounds or more. Not only does your neck fully support all that weight, it enables you to nod your head, shake your head, and turn your head. No other part of your spine has the ability to move so much: 90° of forward motion, 90° of backward motion, 180° of side-to-side motion, and almost 120° of tilt to either shoulder. The most common cause of neck pain is mechanical neck pain caused by improper motion in the main joints of the spine, called facet joints. These joints (see illustration) are prone to scar tissue formation like other joints of the body. The main issue revolves around our inability to move the joints of the neck individually. For instance, humans can voluntarily move their knee, elbow, wrist, ankle etc. but do not have the ability to individually move the facet joints at specific spinal joints; Go ahead, move your knee, now move C5-6 (spinal vertebrae). Therefore, in most cases, people presenting to our office have lost some motion in certain joints of the spine that cannot be remedied by simply stretching muscles or taking pain killers.