Cervical Problems Treated By Chiropractors

by Administrator 29. August 2017 00:00

The cervical spine or neck is susceptible to pain and injury owing to its flexible nature. Pain and stiffness in the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the neck is a common problem faced by many people. Although pain medication can provide relief to a certain extent, it is not a permanent solution. On the other hand, chiropractic care can prove to be very beneficial in treating cervical problems. It is a non-invasive form of treatment that can provide long-term relief from cervical problems.

Chiropractic care can treat the following cervical problems:

  • Injury in the tissues of the neck
  • Facet joint problems
  • Cervical disc problems or herniated discs
  • Cervical nerve root irritation

Causes of cervical problems:

  • Sitting for prolonged periods of time
  • Repetitive neck movements
  • Injury and accidents
  • Degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Poor posture
  • Obesity
  • Weak abdominal muscles

Symptoms of cervical problems:

  • Pain in the neck that can radiate to the back
  • Stiffness and inflammation in the neck
  • Limited range of neck motion

Diagnosis of cervical problems:

  • The chiropractor will perform a thorough physical examination of the patient and locate the source of pain
  • He will ask the patient various questions regarding the present symptoms
  • The chiropractic doctor will also test range of motion of the cervical and look at the posture as well
  • Neurological exams are also conducted to check the reflexes, nerve changes and muscle strength
  • Imaging tests such as X-Rays might also be done to check for disc abnormalities, fractures or bone spurs
  • A CT scan or MRI can reveal bulging discs and herniations
  • Electromyography (EMG) can be performed by the doctor if he suspects nerve damage

Chiropractic care for cervical problems:

  • Neck adjustment or cervical manipulation is performed on the joints of the neck by the chiropractic doctor
  • The neck adjustment helps in restoring normal range of neck motion and also improves the mobility of the spine
  • Cervical manual traction is another procedure that can be performed by the specialist doctor
  • In this procedure, the patient is made to sit or lie down with the face up while the chiropractor pulls on the neck
  • The cervical spine is stretched at varying angles to look for the best angle where the stiffness is minimum
  • Cervical manual traction is generally combined with mobilization for better results
  • Cervical drop techniques can also be implemented by the chiropractor depending on individual patient requirements
  • A special table is used in the procedure  and a low amplitude thrust is applied on the spinal segment
  • The aim of this treatment method is to reduce the restricted motion of the cervical vertebra
  • Gentle chiropractic techniques are used for patients who do not feel comfortable with traditional high-velocity thrust manipulation
  • A low-velocity, low-amplitude stress is utilized in gentle chiropractic techniques to provide relief from cervical pain

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