Neck Pain

Is neck pain interfering with your life?

Neck Pain With Headache

Causes and Symptoms of Neck Pain With Headache

Neck pain with headache can occur for many reasons. Some of these include:

  • Car accident
  • Work injury or accident at work or home
  • Slipping
  • Falling
  • Hunching over a computer
  • Leaning forward and bending your head for your job (e.g., mechanics, chefs, dental hygienists, etc.)
  • Leaning or thrusting your head forward when talking to people
  • “Text” neck or spending a lot of time looking down at your phone
  • Sitting for long periods of time (e.g., at work, at home, driving, travelling)
  • Carrying a heavy backpack or purse on one side

Neck pain with headache can be associated with whiplash.

Treatment Options for Neck Pain With Headache

The treatment for neck pain with headache depends on Dr. James’ initial evaluation and diagnosis of your condition. Some of the factors that enter into Dr. James’ treatment decision might include whether or not:

  • He feels knots, tightness, discomfort, or inflammation in your neck
  • Your pain is aggravated by touching it
  • Your pain is sharp or dull
  • You have numbness or tingling
  • Your range of motion is good or limited
  • You have shooting pain
  • Your reflexes are good or poor
  • Severity of your headache
  • Your posture is making your neck pain worse
  • You woke up with the pain
  • Length of time you’ve had the neck pain
  • You’re a child, teen, young adult, mature adult, or senior

Dr. James and N.E.W. Chiropractic often use more than one treatment to help patients quickly relieve neck pain and headache. In nearly all cases, N.E.W. Chiropractic will achieve relief of neck pain. Treatments might include reducing joint compression or restrictions in the neck and upper spine, acupuncture, myofascial release, and the TeslaMax®.

Reducing Restriction to Relieve Neck Pain

Gentle traction between the segments of the bone is often helpful in relieving neck pain. Traction means “the act of drawing or pulling.” To relieve pressure, N.E.W. Chiropractic may choose to use a rolling massage table to gently stretch the spine. For neck pain, this can open up restricted areas of the upper spine. This, in turn, increases blood flow to the muscles and helps reduce inflammation.

It can increase your range of motion. For example, after gentle traction of your neck, you may be able to better move your head to the left or right, up or down.

Another way to relieve restriction in the neck is through chiropractic adjustments. For example, activator technique is one way to reduce restrictions in the neck. An activator is an effective device that quickly guides the bone back into alignment. At N.E.W. Chiropractic, we may opt for a hands-on chiropractic adjustment instead of using the activator. Both options can quickly relieve pain.

Acupuncture for Neck Pain Relief

The ancient art of acupuncture can relieve neck pain with headache.

Myofascial Release for Neck Pain

Fascia is connective tissue around your muscles, bones, and nerves. The fascia can form points of restriction, sometimes called trigger points. Trigger points can cause chronic pain. Myofascial release is the hands-on stretching of the fascia. This can increase blood flow and remove cell toxins. As a result, it can relieve the trigger point and the neck pain.

TeslaMax® for Neck Pain

At N.E.W. Chiropractic in Palatine, IL we have opted for a more advanced form of electric stimulation therapy. It is called the TeslaMax®. More than other types of electric stimulation devices, this machine causes the muscles in the neck to contract and relax without pain. This results in better blood flow. Essentially, the device exercises your muscles while you relax.

This treatment results in better blood flow, increases oxygen and hydration within the muscles, removes cell waste, and decreases inflammation.

McKenzie Protocol for Neck Pain

The McKenzie Method consists of gentle stretching and range of motion exercises. Dr. James can teach you these exercises at N.E.W. Chiropractic. Later, you can do these at home to continue to heal yourself. These stretching exercises may help prevent future neck pain.

“Neck pain can not only be very sensitive, but it also can take time to heal properly. Even though it may take some time, I want to know that each time I see patients after an auto accident or other traumatic injury, the condition is now better than the time before.”

James R. Stegner, Jr., D.C.

Neck Pain on Left Side or Neck Pain on Right Side

Of course, neck pain can occur without headache. What’s more, you can have neck pain only on your left or your right side.

Causes and Symptoms of Neck Pain on One Side

Neck pain on one side can be due to trauma or injury, such as a car accident. However, it’s often due to repetitive tasks that stresses one side of your body

  • Leaning forward and repeatedly bending your head to one side for your job (e.g., mail carriers, mechanics, chefs, dental hygienists, etc.)
  • Talking on the phone
  • Golfing
  • Positioning your computer screen off center (e.g., administrative assistants, office managers, call centers, sales)
  • Carrying a heavy backpack, child, or purse on one side

When an activity stresses neck muscles on only one side, that side can become stiff and/or painful. At times, it can even cause the head to be slightly off-center from the rest of your spine and body. When this area is off-center, other areas have to compensate and can, in turn, cause pain elsewhere.

Treatment of Neck Pain on Left Side or Neck Pain on Right Side

N.E.W. Chiropractic treatments for left- or right-side neck pain are often quite similar to that of neck pain with headache (see above). Of course, pain relief treatments may focus more on the left or right side of your neck depending on your symptoms.

Dr. James may choose the following:

  • Gentle traction
  • Chiropractic adjustments or activator techniques
  • Acupuncture
  • Myofascial release
  • TeslaMax®
  • McKenzie Method

Herniated Disc in Neck

A hernia is a bulge. Discs are the strong, spongy connective tissue between the bones of your spine. Sometimes a herniated disc may be called a slipped disc or a ruptured (broken/burst/bulged) disc.

Causes and Symptoms of a Herniated Disc in the Neck

Herniated discs in the neck are from repetitive tasks in which people flex and rotate the spine (e.g., golfing, work injury, personal injury). They can also be from an auto accident or injury. For a herniated disc in the neck, N.E.W. Chiropractic typically does the same initial testing as with other neck pain plus a series of additional tests.

Treatments for Herniated Discs

Dr. James understands the pain of having a herniated disc. He has a herniated disc from a gymnastic accident in high school.

He offers a variety of effective treatments to relieve your pain. His treatment for a herniated disc in the neck might involve:

If you are suffering from intense pain from a herniated disc, text Dr. James for an appointment. He will respond quickly to get you in for treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens at the first chiropractic appointment?

At your first appointment, Dr. James will take a full medical history and conduct a comprehensive exam. This helps him to make an accurate diagnosis of your current condition and to establish the best possible plan of care. You can expect Dr. James to:

  • Carefully listen to your needs, concerns, and fears
  • Express empathy about the severity of your pain
  • Assess your range of motion to see how well the affected areas can move
  • Palpate your spine—gently pressing on the spine and other areas to check for knots, tightness, discomfort or inflammation
  • Do orthopedic tests—such as bending and gently pressing to see what causes discomfort or pain
  • Test for muscle strength and weakness
  • Check your reflexes and address any issues of numbness or tingling
  • Study your posture to see how you sit and stand

After completing the assessment, Dr. James will discuss a recommended treatment plan with you. What’s more, you will receive treatment on your first visit to N.E.W. Chiropractic. Starting your path to pain relief as soon as possible is part of our commitment to compassionate chiropractic care.


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Can you help stop my pain?

James Stegner, D.C. does a careful examination and evaluation of your symptoms, and more often than not, he can help relieve your pain with chiropractic care. However, your overall health issues may be more complex.

Dr. James will determine if you are a good candidate for chiropractic care treatment. If you are, he will handle your care with consideration and attention. If he believes you would be better served by other doctors, he’ll refer you to the necessary and appropriate specialists to help guide your care.


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Why would I choose a chiropractor (D.C.) instead of a medical doctor (M.D.)?

The root word “chiro” means “hands.” Chiropractors, such as James Stegner, are “hands-on” doctors. Traditional chiropractic care focuses on hands on adjustments of the spine.

Today, chiropractic doctors like Dr. James Stegner in Palatine, IL are certified in techniques such as acupuncture and a variety of physical therapy treatments as well.

Dr. James does not prescribe opioids or pain killers. Instead he focuses on naturally healing the body, by making it healthier, stronger, and more flexible. In fact, the N-E-W in N.E.W. chiropractic stands for the Natural Education of Wellness and compassionate chiropractic care.


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Can I get acupuncture for whiplash treatment?

Yes, definitely. It’s often a good option for whiplash. Unfortunately, your insurance may not cover the treatment. However, N.E.W. Chiropractic has very affordable rates for acupuncture treatments.


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Do I need a personal injury lawyer?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, on the job, or due to someone’s negligence, you might need a personal injury lawyer to help you get the compensation you deserve.

We refer our patients to VanDerGinst Law to handle their injury cases. VanDerGinst Law has represented thousands of injury victims and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on their behalf.

If you decide to contact them, mention N.E.W. Chiropractic, PC to receive a discount on attorney fees. VanDerGinst Law never charges an attorney fee on injury cases unless they win.


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What insurance does N.E.W. Chiropractic take?

The chiropractic doctor, Dr. James Stegner, takes multiple forms of insurance. Among these are Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO.

Many new patients have had an accident or injury. For that reason, N.E.W. Chiropractic also takes auto accident insurance, workmen’s compensation, and personal injury insurance.

Coverage may depend on your policy. If you have another type of insurance, contact the office before making an appointment to see what your out-of-pocket expenses might be.


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Is it going to hurt?

If you’ve never had a chiropractic adjustment, you may feel a bit anxious about it. Dr. James will walk you through it. It can be a little surprising—but should never be painful. Afterward, you may feel amazing or be a little tender.


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Do you accept auto insurance or workmen’s compensation for whiplash treatment?

Yes, we accept both. We also accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, other insurances, and personal injury insurance. In part because of his personal history, Dr. James specializes in treating traumatic injuries.


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Do you offer evening or weekend appointments?

Yes, absolutely. We know that many people work outside the home or need to wait for another adult to care for young children. That’s why N.E.W. Chiropractic offers both evening and weekend appointments.


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