1. Condition of your spine -are there osteoarthritic changes? Are there normal curvatures in the spine?
2. Age of the condition -how long has there been a problem? You mention that this is chronic. The longer the patient has adapted to improper alignment/articulation, the longer it may take to retrain the spine to go back to its normal position.
3. Activities of daily living -what do you do on a daily basis that makes this situation worse, and what are you willing to do to help in the healing process?
The list goes on...
What's important is that you find a good chiropractor that you like and trust who is hopefully conveniently located to you. In addition to a thorough exam, they should take a look at a basic cervical series (3 views minimum). After these things, your chiropractor should be able to come up with treatment plan to, firstly, get you out of acute pain and then, hopefully, keep you that way.
I generally advise people who are searching for a chiropractor to interview them in person. Most chiropractors will do a free initial consultation (maybe 10-15 minutes) just to meet and discuss your situation and see if they might be able to help you. Get to know a few, and then make a decision. We tend to know our patients more personally over time as we see them more often then their primary care physicians.
I hope that adequately answers your question.
Best of luck!
Dr. John G. Vilkelis
39 West 56th St, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Jay Han, DC
It kind of depends on what is going on and what your history is. If you've played football or other contact sports, or been in car accidents, then your neck pain might be more involved than others. So, I'd start with finding a chiropractor who assesses your neck via X-ray and follow their recommendations. Chiropractic will take multiple visits to get it under control though; think of it like getting in better shape at the gym. You don't work out once and then your muscles are in better shape. With chiropractic, it's about retraining the joints and nervous system and
that takes time.
Dr. Jonathan Donath DC, MS