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Behaviors that Can Lead To Neck Pain and Alternative Care that Can Help
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Behaviors that Can Lead To Neck Pain and Alternative Care that Can Help

Starting at the base of your skull, your cervical spine (also known as your neck) is made of seven vertebrae. It's up to your neck to hold your head. Your head, however, weighs several pounds so the task isn't easy. And while your cervical spine possesses a great deal of flexibility, allowing movement in many directions, this very same flexibility renders it prone to injury and pain.

The reason for this vulnerability is attributed to the biomechanics of the cervical spine. Repetitive movements, injury, sitting for prolonged periods, or merely the natural process of aging and its attendant side-effects can affect your neck's health. Neck pain is irksome, regardless of the reasons that are causing it.

The following are contributing factors to neck pain?

1. Accidents and Injury: Whiplash results from a sudden, abrupt movement of the neck or head that causes a rebound effect that may damage the tissues supporting the neck and head. The so-called ?rebound? is a result of muscles reacting to strain by contracting themselves. This contraction induces fatigue, pain, and stiffness. Whiplash cases, when serious, are known to coincide with intervertebral joint injury, and to damaged muscles, ligaments, nerve roots, or discs. Whiplash is commonly associated with car accidents.

2. Aging: Disorders of a degenerative nature can take the form of spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and age-related disc ailments. They all have a direct influence on the spine.

Spinal stenosis narrows the nerve passageways in the vertebrae. This contracts and blocks the nerve roots, impairing them. In addition to cervical pain, the condition also influences the shoulder and arm (making them numb and painful, for instance).

The intervertebral discs? elasticity and height is affected by a degenerative disc disease. A bulge or hernia may occur in a disc, causing tingling, numbness, and arm pain.

Osteoarthritis, a common occurrence, results in progressive degeneration of cartilage. The body's response is to create bone spurs, which in turn, affects the motion of the joints.

Also, a few habitual routines can harm the cervical spine. Obesity and poor posture, for example, alters spinal balance and forces the neck to compensate by leaning forward. Stress and emotional issues cues the muscles to compress and tighten, which in turn, creates pain and stiffness. The stress on the spine can result in permanent neck pain, which may also end up affecting the arms and upper back.

A comprehensive assessment of the reported symptoms is made in order to pinpoint the exact source of the pain. Questions that could be asked are how long you've lived with the pain, what methods have been tried to deal with the pain and which parts of the body are affected; in addition, your chiropractor may want to know what has helped address the pain. Physical and neurological exams will also be conducted. The physical exam will disclose your range of motion, posture, and general physical shape while noting the kind of movements that bring pain. The doctor of chiropractor will manually assess your spine's (and possibly, your shoulder's) condition to see its alignment, curvature, and possible muscle spasms.

In the neurological exam, the emphasis will be on checking your muscle strength, reflexes, and extent of pain and how far it has spread. For some patients, more tests may also be helpful to make the right diagnosis. A contracted disc space, bone spurs, and fractures can be revealed with an X-ray. An axial tomography scan, in the form of CAT or CT scan, or a magnetic resonance imaging test, known as a MRI, shows where a dilated disc may take place. Your chiropractor may also suspect that nerve damage is causing the pain. An electromyography (EMG) can help in such cases, as it can assess how well the nerves respond.

Cervical Adjustments: Cervical manipulation entails, for the most part, manual adjustment of the neck joints. Spinal manipulation may restore mobility of the spine and improve its range of motion. Cervical manipulation could also help restore movement of the adjoining muscles. Patients receiving cervical adjustments report an increase in their ability to move their heads, as well as less soreness, stiffness, and overall pain.

Research findings support the use of chiropractic spinal manipulation for the treatment of patients with chronic neck pain. Comprehensive clinical trials reported significant improvement of chronic neck pain as a result of spinal manipulation. Even after many weeks of treatment, all the trial groups showed improvement of their symptoms.

Each patient receives an individualized program care that may include different types of treatment. Such complementary approaches like massage, rehabilitative exercises, and mobilization of the treated area could also be recommended. Contact your chiropractic doctor; it's an invaluable first step to figuring out how to care for your cervical spine.

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