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

The cervical spine is unique among spinal curves. Unlike its fellow thoracic and lumbar 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 big, a condition termed stenosis exists and creates greater pain and disability. (4-8) Whatever the size, there is not a lot of space for the spinal nerves that leave the spinal cord regardless of any disc herniation or bone spur and such that may form. Plus, the cervical spine has to hold up the average 9-pound head! The cervical spine is amazing. No wonder it interests researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Spinal Care Clinic and triggers such pain for Burlington and Hamilton neck pain sufferers. Fortunately, your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor knows the cervical spine anatomy and potential painful cervical conditions as well as 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 innovations in the area of radiology are now available and may assist back pain healthcare providers like your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor better diagnose and treat neck pain and surgical colleagues create more appropriate surgical techniques! New 3D computed tomography imaging allows a look at the cervical spine in a variety of 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 happens, too. C3-4 range of motion for lateral bending is larger than C1-2, C5-6 and C6-7. (1) Using Cox® Technic for cervical spine pain allows segment-specific treatment of each of the cervical spine ranges of motion to decrease pain and bring back normal ranges of motion as optimally as possible.

CERVICAL SPINE TREATMENT FOR CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE

The cervical spine range of motion is involved in patients with cervicogenic headache. When Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients come in with a headache, they will often note limited range of motion. That isn’t unusual. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation versus spinal mobilization for relief of cervicogenic headache reported that manipulation and mobilization have similar effects on disability, pain, global rating of change score, and cervical ranges of motion. (2) Our chiropractic care of the cervical spine takes care of Burlington and Hamilton neck pain as well as associated range of motion issues like acute neck pain.

SPINAL MANIPULATION FOR ACUTE NECK PAIN

Acute Burlington and Hamilton neck pain is a common issue for which patients will look for assistance from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors as well as general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are typical treatments. Researchers state that GPs were sometimes hesitant to refer for manual therapy as they were not sure about effectiveness and adverse events. In a review of randomized controlled trials published about the effect of spinal manipulation for acute neck pain, researchers found that spinal manipulation alone or in combination with other therapies was valuable for acute neck pain with no reported serious adverse effects. (3) Your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor who knows the cervical spine well and provides safe spinal manipulation works with Burlington and Hamilton general practitioners to assist neck pain sufferers get relief.

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

Make your Burlington and Hamilton 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 Spinal Care Clinic, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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