Neck pain is not just an inconvenience; it's a widespread issue affecting up to 70% of individuals at some point in their lives, disrupting daily activities, impeding sleep, and diminishing quality of life. If you're among those grappling with neck pain, understanding its underlying causes is crucial for effective treatment and lasting relief.

At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, your trusted Saskatoon Chiropractor, we specialize in diagnosing and treating neck pain, offering personalized solutions to help you reclaim comfort and functionality. Let's explore the three primary culprits behind neck pain and how our expert care can make a difference in your life.

1. Cervical Joint Irritation: Unveiling the Source of Your Aches

Cervical joint irritation, a prevalent cause of neck pain, occurs when the small facet joints in the cervical spine become inflamed or irritated due to various factors such as poor posture, repetitive movements, or degenerative changes associated with aging.

These facet joints, located at the back of the spine, facilitate movement and stability in the neck. When irritated, they can lead to symptoms such as a dull, aching pain in the middle of the neck or along the top of the shoulders, which often worsen with movement.

Depending on the specific joints affected, the pain may radiate to different areas, and in cases where upper neck joints are involved, headaches may also occur. Additionally, cervical joint irritation can cause muscle guarding and stiffness, making it challenging to move the neck comfortably.

Initially, joint irritation can cause intense discomfort and muscle guarding, leading to stiffness lasting for 24-48 hours. At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, we employ targeted adjustments and therapeutic techniques to alleviate joint irritation, restoring mobility and relieving pain.

2. Cervical Disc Derangement/Herniation: Navigating Through Spinal Discomfort

A cervical disc herniation is a condition wherein the soft, gel-like material within the intervertebral discs of the cervical spine protrudes or bulges outwards, potentially compressing nearby nerves and causing pain and other symptoms.

The cervical spine, consisting of seven vertebrae separated by intervertebral discs, allows for flexibility and support of the neck. However, when the outer fibers of a disc weaken or tear due to age-related degeneration, trauma, or repetitive strain, the inner nucleus pulposus can herniate through the weakened area, leading to compression of spinal nerves or the spinal cord itself.

Symptoms of cervical disc herniation may include neck pain, along with radiating pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness that can extend into the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers.

Depending on the location and severity of the herniation, individuals may also experience limitations in neck mobility and discomfort exacerbated by certain movements or positions.

At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, we offer specialized care for disc-related issues, including spinal adjustments and rehabilitation exercises tailored to your needs. Our goal is to alleviate nerve compression, restore disc integrity, and alleviate associated symptoms for improved quality of life.

3. Cervical Sprain/Strain: Understanding Muscle and Ligament Injuries

Sprains and strains in the neck occur when muscles and ligaments supporting the head and neck are stretched or damaged. While resilient, these tissues can be injured in traumatic accidents or athletic mishaps.


A sprain in the neck occurs when the ligaments that support the cervical spine become stretched or torn due to sudden movements, trauma, or excessive force applied to the neck. This type of injury often results from activities such as car accidents, falls, or sports-related collisions where the head is forcefully jerked beyond its normal range of motion. Neck sprains can lead to symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness, and difficulty moving the neck.


A muscle strain, also known as a pulled muscle, occurs when muscle fibers stretch or tear due to overexertion, sudden movements, or repetitive use. This type of injury in the neck often occurs during physical activities such as sports, or car accidents. When a muscle is strained, it can cause pain, swelling, and limited range of motion.

Though less common in everyday life, sprain/strain injuries can significantly impact daily functioning. At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, we provide comprehensive care for neck sprains and strains, combining chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies, and rehabilitative exercises to promote healing and restore function.

Seeking Relief with E3 Chiropractic + Wellness

If you're grappling with neck pain, finding the right treatment tailored to your specific injury is paramount for optimal outcomes.

At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, we're committed to helping Saskatoon residents break free from neck pain through thorough examinations, personalized treatment plans, and empowering tools for long-term wellness.

Don't let neck pain dictate your life any longer. Click HERE to book an appointment at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness today and take the first step toward a pain-free future where your body performs and feels better than you ever thought possible.

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Dr. Kurtis Gryba

Dr. Kurtis Gryba

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