Robert J. Zapf, MS, DC
Neck pain is a common problem, especially in urban areas like Fairfax, Virginia where countless hours are spent staring down at cell phones and computers. Supporting your head in a forward position puts a tremendous strain on the muscle, joints, tendons and ligaments of the upper back and neck. This prolonged stress can result in neck pain, upper back pain, and headaches. Eventually this wear and tear can lead to Degenerative Joint Disease (Osteoarthritis) and chronic, unremitting pain.
If you are suffering from neck and upper back pain, I hope you will take a few minutes to discover chiropractic treatment methods your doctor may not have told you about.
This page contains a Comprehensive Guide for the Treatment of Neck Pain, including Treatment, Causes, Symptoms and Home Care Tips.
A recent meta-analysis of multiple research trials has concluded that “spinal manipulative therapy alone or in combination with other modalities was effective in the treatment of acute neck pain.” The analysis also concluded that there were few adverse side effects with spinal manipulative therapy.
Aleksander Chaibi, Knut Stavem, and Michael Bjorn Russell, Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Acute Neck Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials, J Clin Med. 2021 Nov; 10(21): 5011.
Chiropractic treatment is a natural and non-invasive method of treating various musculoskeletal conditions, including neck pain. It involves manual adjustments to the spine, neck, and other joints to improve their function and reduce pain.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain:
Dr. Zapf uses a variety of techniques to relieve neck pain. Our individualized treatment programs for neck pain consist of custom, gentle blends of the following modalities:
Neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Regardless of the cause, chiropractic care can usually help to relieve neck pain and improve overall function.
Red flag symptoms are warning signs that indicate a potentially serious underlying condition that may require prompt medical attention. The following are considered red flags for neck pain:
Neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, muscle strain or sprain, stress, or an injury. If you're experiencing neck pain, there are several home care techniques you can use to alleviate your symptoms.
It's important to remember that if your neck pain is severe or lasts for an extended period of time, you should consult with a health care specialist professional for further evaluation and treatment.
Yes, research shows that chiropractic treatment is a safe, effective and natural way of treating neck pain. It is important to choose a licensed and experienced chiropractor to ensure the best possible results.
The length of treatment will vary depending on the cause and severity of your neck pain as well as your overall health. On average, most people experience significant improvement after just a few visits.
The number of visits required will vary depending on the severity of your neck pain and your overall health. Your chiropractor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that's tailored to your specific needs.
Most insurance plans cover chiropractic care for neck pain. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to determine the specifics of your coverage.
The typical medical treatment for neck pain often involves a combination of pain medications, muscle relaxants, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The specific treatment plan will depend on the underlying cause of the neck pain and the severity of the symptoms.
Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be used to manage mild to moderate neck pain. For more severe pain, prescription pain medications such as opioids or corticosteroids may be prescribed.
Adverse side effects of pain medications include:
Some common examples of NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin.
Adverse side effects of NSAIDS:
It's important to keep in mind that drug therapy is often only one part of a comprehensive treatment plan for neck pain. In many cases, chiropractic care and physical treatment such as exercise may be more effective in treating the underlying cause of the pain and providing long-lasting relief.
Ultimately, the best approach for neck pain will depend on several factors, including the underlying cause of the neck pain, the severity of the symptoms, and the individual's overall health and medical history. It's always a good idea to talk to your doctors about the best treatment options for your specific needs.
Compared to other methods such as drug therapy and surgery, chiropractic treatment is a natural and non-invasive method of treating neck pain. Additionally, chiropractic care focuses on addressing the underlying cause of your neck pain, rather than simply treating the symptoms. Recent research has found that chiropractic therapy is effective and safe for the treatment of most cases of neck pain.
Begin relieving your neck pain today. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Zapf. Call (703) 455- 9555
AMAZING. Went in with a herniated disc and other MDs telling me to have surgery; Dr. Z and his staff fixed me up and I feel leaps and bounds better than I did when I began treatment. It is crucial that you stick with the treatment plan and attend regularly, and push through the "rough" patches. I cannot give them a higher recommendation - I will never go see anyone else. Try them out, give it your all, expect wonderful changes when you're done.
"I initially was treated by Dr. Zapf in 2013 for my lower back pain and several years later for knee pain. Since my recovery and continued maintenance treatments it has been a learning experience for me. Dr. Zapf, is not only my chiropractor but has been a teacher to me. Besides his treatments, Dr. Zapf has also taken time to educate me on how to care for my body, both thru diet and exercise, in order to stay active. Working on my daily stretches, exercises, and going for my monthly maintenance treatment has kept me active with a healthy mind. The key ingredient is to follow the treatments and prescribed exercises because it’s also up to you to help you heal. Working with Dr. Zapf, and following all of the treatments and care he has provided to me as a 69 yr. old woman, I now feel 20 years younger. I am sharing my experience because physically I feel good without having to rely on over-the-counter meds. I found Dr. Zapf to be the best medicine for me." January 19, 2023
Weekly, I am thankful that I trusted my body and gave it time to HEAL and avoid unnecessary surgeries. It takes time to heal the spine, but it's a whole unit that requires our care and respect - my lifestyle was forever altered and I still do exercises and stretches that I learned through Dr. Zapf, which ensures that my spine is cared, years after being symptom free.
Love Dr.Zapf. He diagnose me before I had my MRI -the results matched. When Dr. Zapf, said you do not need meds to heal your herniated disc, that was music to my ears. When I had my first session with him, the next day NO PAIN FELT LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED.I said he has miracle hands. I followed his program and exercise and now I am fully healed . I visit Dr.Zapf, once a month for tune-ups. If I need to see him before my schedule time he is there to assist me. His staff is not only professional but easy to speak to and so helpful. I enjoy the office visit it is so ZEN..If you have any back problems he is the DOCTOR TO SEE....I rate DR.ZAPF,a 10...
I feel that I am now close to my pre-injury strength and mobility and I am glad that I didn’t give up on the non medication treatment. Thru this process I learned 4 things from Dr. Zapf: 1) Follow the therapy; 2) Be patient; 3) listen to your body, and 4) trust. I highly recommend Dr. Zapf. On a scale of 1-10 I would give Dr. Zapf a 10. By following his recommendations my condition has improved such that I have been able to resume my activities.
With Dr. Zapf’s therapy and his guidance on stretching and strength training my condition has improved such that I have been able to resume my running and bike riding. If you are experiencing issues with your back I recommend you give Dr. Zapf a call because you have nothing to lose but the pain.
My husband has been going to Dr. Robert Zapf for thirty years, and that tells a lot. He's a very good chiropractor.
He has got a great patient to doctor relationship. He doesn't push medication or surgeries and wants you to use exercise to get you better. He has special medical machinery to manipulate the back. I slipped a disk a couple of weeks ago and so I had to walk with a cane to walk and after 2 weeks of going to him I didn't have to use the cane any longer. His wife is a Nurse assistant and handles all the daily work, appointments, etc. and he also has a college student that assists that is studying physical therapy.
It's been 5 years with Dr Zapf! He's great and very friendly!