Neck Pain and Sinusitis – What’s the Connection?

woman with a sore neck

Spring has finally arrived and that means blossoming trees, growing grass, and pollen.  Many people are affected by allergies and sinusitis is also a common springtime ailment.

Presenting as a watery, runny nose and pain in the sinuses, sinusitis can also cause neck pain.

Sound crazy?  Well, it’s not.  As a chiropractor, I see a lot of people who are experiencing neck pain as a direct result of sinusitis.  And it’s something you need to pay attention to.  Here’s why.

The culprits.

Your sinuses are hollow areas in the region of your nose.  There are four distinct types of sinuses, which are the maxillary, frontal, ethmoid and sphenoid.  Each manifests a different type of pain when irritated.

In the case of neck pain, your sphenoid sinuses are the culprits.  When sinusitis is present in the sphenoid sinuses, you’ve got the worst variety of the condition you can get.

This set of sinuses is located near the ears, and when they’re affecting by sinusitis, pain can manifest in the top of the head on the sides of the head and in the back of the neck.

Location is everything.

It’s the location of the sphenoid sinuses that make any kind of infection getting to it serious.  It’s difficult for bacteria to get in there, because it’s not easy to reach.  But when sinusitis occurs in this area, medical attention is required.

This set of sinuses offers a direct route to the optic nerve, for one thing.  If left untreated, sinusitis in the sphenoids can even cause neurological damage.

Blood tests to diagnose sphenoidal sinusitis are necessary so that it can be treated.  A chiropractor like me can get the ball rolling by knowing your history and being aware of any predilection you may have to sinus infections.

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But here’s the thing – your runny nose and neck pain may not be due to sphenoidal sinusitis. A runny nose may be a physical message your body is sending you to draw your attention to something else.

And sometimes, it’s just a runny nose, due to allergies or a cold and unrelated to neck pain.  But you need to know that you’re OK, all the same.  As I’ve said above, sphenoidal sinusitis that’s accompanied by neck pain is a serious matter that requires your immediate attention.

Holistic chiropractic care.

A lot of people aren’t aware of this, but chiropractors treat the whole person.  We’re trained to identify pain messages and question root causes.  We’re about a lot more than your back.

As I’ve endeavored to share here, your neck pain can be telling you about a serious problem.  As a chiropractor, I can help you identify it, compelling you to seek the treatment you need to resolve the problem.

Neck pain and sinusitis – what’s the connection?  The connection can be very real and when sinusitis in the sphenoidal sinuses is the culprit, you need to act quickly to ensure your continuing health.

Got neck pain?  Please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment.