Neck Pain

Kotila Chiropractic

Gary Kotila, BA, DC

Chiropractor located in Brandon, FL

Chiropractors are some of the best specialists to consult when you have a literal pain in the neck. At Kotila Chiropractic in Brandon, Florida, Gary Kotila BA, DC uses holistic, integrative treatments to ease neck pain and limit stiffness. If you’re experiencing neck pain and over-the-counter treatments don’t provide adequate relief, schedule an appointment today. Call the office and speak with a staff member or book a consultation online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

The neck carries the full weight of your head and is responsible for flexion, extension, rotation, and lateral movements. The delicate balance of bones, nerves, muscles, and joints in the neck, combined with its unique range of motion makes the neck a common source of pain.

Adults who visit Kotila Chiropractic with neck pain often suffer from one of the following underlying causes:

  • Poor postural alignment
  • Repetitive use injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Whiplash

You might also experience neck pain due to a bulging or herniated disc or as a result of degenerative disc disease.

How do you diagnose neck pain?

To diagnose neck pain, Dr. Kotila obtains your medical history and detailed information about your neck pain. He also asks you about:

  • When the pain started
  • If there was a particular incident related to the pain
  • What the pain feels like
  • Which self-care methods you’ve tried and how they’ve worked
  • How much the pain interferes with your daily functioning

Afterward, Dr. Kotila provides a comprehensive physical examination to check your range of motion, neurological functioning, reflexes, strength, and other factors. To verify or rule out a problem, he may also order X-rays or other imaging tests.

How do you treat neck pain?

Treatment of neck pain depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. After gathering the necessary information, Dr. Kotila develops a custom treatment plan.

Depending on your unique needs, he might recommend a chiropractic adjustment, ultrasound therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, vibration therapy, spinal decompression, or massage therapy. You might also benefit from a combination of several of these treatments. 

To achieve long-lasting results, make sure to follow Dr. Kotila’s instructions closely. Attend all of your follow-up appointments and be careful not to rush back into physical activities that could hamper your progress.

How do I prevent future neck pain?

During the maintenance phase of treatment, Dr. Kotila teaches you techniques to enhance your neck health. Some of the strategies that Dr. Kotila may recommend include stretches and strengthening exercises, improved postural techniques, and ergonomic training. 

If you sleep on old pillows or an outdated mattress, you might also benefit from updating your sleeping arrangement. 

If neck pain bothers you or interferes with your well-being, schedule an appointment at Kotila Chiropractic. Call the office and speak with a staff member or book a consultation online today.