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Chiropractic Care Addresses the Range of Motion of the Cervical Spine in Treating Neck Pain and Headache

The cervical spine is unique among the curves of the spine. Unlike the thoracic and lumbar spine curves, the cervical spine contains the spinal cord a bit more snugly. The diameter of the vertebral canal in which the spinal cord lies varies from 11 to 19 mm while the spinal cord measures from 7 to 14 mm depending on the spine level. If the size of the spinal canal is small and the cord large, a condition termed stenosis exists and makes pain and disability a greater problem. (4-8) Whatever the size, there is not a lot of space for the spinal nerves that exit the spinal cord let alone any disc herniation or bone spur and the like that may form. Plus, the cervical spine has to hold up the average 9-pound head! The cervical spine is amazing. No wonder it fascinates researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Chiropractic Care and produces such pain for West Palm Beach neck pain sufferers. Luckily, your West Palm Beach chiropractor knows the cervical spine anatomy and potential painful cervical conditions in addition to the gentle, stretching technique protocols of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to reduce the pain.

RESEACHERS STUDY THE CERVICAL SPINE MOTIONS

Such cool developments in the area of radiology are now available and may help back pain healthcare providers like your West Palm Beach chiropractor more beneficially diagnose and treat neck pain as well as surgical colleagues create more suitable surgical techniques! New 3D computed tomography imaging allows a view of the cervical spine in various positions in normal volunteers. What did the researchers see with this? Flexion-extension range of motion is greatest at C1-2 and C4-5.  C1-2 is where 70% of all axial rotation takes place, too. C3-4 range of motion for lateral bending is greater than C1-2, C5-6 and C6-7. (1) The use of Cox® Technic for cervical spine pain allows segment-specific treatment of each of the cervical spine ranges of motion to relieve pain and bring back normal ranges of motion as best as possible.

CERVICAL SPINE TREATMENT FOR CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE

The cervical spine range of motion is addressed in patients with cervicogenic headache. When West Palm Beach chiropractic patients come in with a headache, they will often describe limited range of motion. That isn’t uncommon. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation versus spinal mobilization for relief of cervicogenic headache explained that manipulation and mobilization have comparable effects on disability, pain, global rating of change score, and cervical ranges of motion. (2) Our chiropractic care of the cervical spine addresses West Palm Beach neck pain as well as related range of motion issues like acute neck pain.

SPINAL MANIPULATION FOR ACUTE NECK PAIN

Acute West Palm Beach neck pain is a common issue for which patients will look for help from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors as well as general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are typical treatments. Researchers wrote that GPs were sometimes hesitant in referring for manual therapy as they weren’t sure about effectiveness and adverse events. In a review of randomized controlled trials published regarding the effect of spinal manipulation for acute neck pain, researchers found that spinal manipulation alone or combined with other therapies was valuable for acute neck pain with no serious adverse effects being reported. (3) Your West Palm Beach chiropractor who understands the cervical spine well and delivers safe spinal manipulation works with West Palm Beach general practitioners to help neck pain sufferers find relief.

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Check out this PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how the Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction System of Spinal Pain Management helps him help his patients with neck pain and headache relief.

Make your West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment soon. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions affecting it merit a unique treatment protocol to take care of pain. At Chiropractic Care, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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