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Baton Rouge Neck Pain and Headache and Mask Wearing: Chiropractic Help

April 06, 2021

Clues: What ties these symptoms together – fogging, irritation, redness, pain, headache?

Answer: COVID 19.

Over the past year, we’ve all found ourselves dealing with some new aches and pains in odd ways. Glasses’ fogging. Irritation of the nose. Redness of cheeks. Back of ear irritation. Neck pain. Headache. The protective gear has its down-sides in addition to its benefits. Your Baton Rouge chiropractor is here to help relieve some of the associated pains like neck pain and headache. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers welcomes Baton Rouge headache and neck pain sufferers to come find relief.


Masks and mask-wearing have side-effects. A study of nurses reported headache affected 73.4%, extreme sweating impacted 59.6%, breathing difficulty bothered 36.7%. Goggle or glasses’ fogging was reported by 91.7%. N95 wearers reported issues with nasal bridge scarring in 76.6% and pain and indentation of the back of the ears by 66.4%. (1) Another study of nurses who wore masks and other PPE for greater than 4 hours at a time revealed that vision problems affected 47.9% of them as did redness of cheeks/nose bridge/ears, dry mouth, and headaches. (2) One study of healthcare workers focused on the incidence of headache during COVID-19. 81% stated that they developed new PPE (mask/eye wear)-related headaches. 33% of them reported suffering headaches before COVID. 91.3% of those pre-existing headache sufferers said that increased mask/eye wear equipment impacted their headache control and work. (3) Overall headache occurrence due to PPE (mask/eye) was 62% in another report. Working more than 8 hours a shift escalated the risk of new headache incidence. Discomfort, blurred vision, and reduced concentration were other reported issues. Wearing such equipment aggravated pre-existing headache issues and triggered new headache experiences. (4) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers has heard new pain complaints from our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients this past year. Your Baton Rouge chiropractor has treated many for headache and neck pain relief.


As stated by the American Chiropractic Association, our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients are not alone! Chiropractic patients across the country are telling of some new pain issues with their neck, shoulders, and upper back during this past year of the pandemic, especially patients who wear masks for long hours. Surely, stress is a contributor to pain in normal life. In these times, it is no wonder that patients are reporting more pain. Masks may well add to pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Masks may impact vision. If a mask sits too high, the wearer may tuck the chin to see better or hold the neck in an awkward way to see more clearly. A better fitting mask may be beneficial. More frequent breaks may be of benefit. Stretching more often may help. A walk to de-stress is a great option! (5) Your Baton Rouge chiropractor knows these issues and is here to help!

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Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the effective, gentle treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for relief of neck pain and headache.

Make your next Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment with Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers. We offer no more clues to the riddle of new headache and neck pain issues over the past months of COVID, just an option. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers offers chiropractic help: Baton Rouge chiropractic care.

Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers presents research on how mask-wearing may trigger neck pain and headache which chiropractic can help alleviate.