Aging affects the entire body, which includes the spine, neck and shoulders, upper back, and arms.
It does not mean that everyone will develop neck pain, but the wear and tear put the spine can lead to degenerative spinal conditions.
Doctor of Chiropractic Dr. Alexander Jimenez discusses:
The cervical spine by the top 7 vertebrae of the spine.
Often referred to as C1-C7, with the “C” indicating cervical, and the numbers 1-7 indicate the level.
The cervical spine is particularly susceptible to degenerative problems because:
Many degenerative problems, including osteophytes or bone spurs, can develop.
Several symptoms can occur and indicate the presence of a degenerative condition:
The degenerative process begins in any of the joints in the spine, but over time it can cause changes in the other joints.
An example is an intervertebral disc where:
The disc narrows and the normal movement becomes altered, and the adjacent joints are subjected to force and pressure, which can lead to degenerative arthritis joint inflammation.
Spondylosis or spinal osteoarthritis causing pain in the neck is common. The pain can radiate, or spread, into the shoulder/s or down the arm/s. Arm pain or weakness caused by a bone spur compressing a spinal nerve root can also occur.
Once examined one or more symptoms are likely to be present.
The doctor will ask the patient questions to learn the history of the patient.
A thorough evaluation of the patient will be conducted, including tests to identify the cause of pain and symptoms.
CT Scans or computed tomography can show bone changes associated with degenerative spondylosis. Osteophytes can be observed and evaluated.
CT does not provide an optimal evaluation but can sometimes show disc herniations.
MRI magnetic resonance imaging is a powerful tool for cervical spondylosis.
MRI can help doctors identify:
MRI is best for soft disc herniation/s.
Myelogram/CT can be utilized in complex cases that involve multi-level spinal diseases.
It is very useful in delineating bone spurs from safe disc herniations.
Discography is used diagnostically when viewing the lumbar/low back and thoracic/mid-back spine, but using it in cervical spine imagery is debated among doctors.
After the tests have been performed, a custom treatment plan is created.
Nonsurgical treatment of cervical degenerative disease has been proven to provide excellent results in over 85% of patients.
A multi-disciplinary approach:
Immobilization of the neck to reduce motion can be beneficial during acute episodes of pain.
Physical therapy (PT) and Chiropractic can be useful to decrease muscle spasms and return motion.
Both PT and chiropractic can use:
To help maximize benefits.
Non-surgical treatment provides positive long-term pain and symptom relief.
A surgeon is likely to consider surgery for a disorder if one or more of the following criteria are met:
Depending on the diagnosis, surgical procedures can vary:
But the surgical procedure is based on the way you the patient wants to go, the diagnosis, general health, and what the spine surgeon recommends.
The surgeon will explain the recommended procedure to you clearly.
Most of the time the preferred approach is anterior or from the front interbody fusion.
A cervical plate could be placed over the interbody device or graft to stabilize the neck. This can avoid the need for a brace after.
A posterior approach from the back of the spine is considered when a disc has herniated laterally or to the side.
Cervical spine disorders can be diagnosed and treated more accurately with today’s advancing technology.
With the guidance and treatment of an expert medical team, patients can expect to see a definite improvement in their condition and symptoms.
Sandra Rubio discusses causes, symptoms, and treatments of neck pain. Nausea, migraines, headaches, confusion, and weakness at the extremities are some of the common symptoms. An aggravated condition due to improper posture, or trauma from an injury, like that from an automobile accident or a sports accident can result in neck pain and other ailments. Dr. Alex Jimenez uses spinal alterations and manual manipulations, one of other chiropractic therapy methods such as deep-tissue massage, to reestablish the alignment of the cervical spine and improve neck pain. Chiropractic care with Dr. Alex Jimenez is the non-surgical pick for improving overall health.
Neck pain is a frequent health issue, with roughly two-thirds of the population being influenced by neck pain at any time throughout their lives. Pain arising from the spine, or upper back, can be caused by other health problems. Neck pain can result emanating from the vertebrae, or because of muscular stiffness in the upper back and the throat. Joint disruption in the neck can generate a variety of other symptoms, including headache, or migraines, and head pain, as does disturbance in the back. Neck pain affects about 5% of the global population as of 2010, according to figures.
A chiropractor evaluates the spine as a whole because other regions of the neck (cervical), mid-back (thoracic) and low back (lumbar) can be affected as well. Along with treating the spine as a whole, chiropractic medicine treats the entire person and not just a specific symptom/s. Chiropractors may educate on nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle goals in addition to treating neck pain.
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