Cross Chiropractic Center 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 houses the spinal cord quite 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 known as 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 remarkable. No wonder it appeals to researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Cross Chiropractic Center and produces such pain for Sandy Springs neck pain sufferers. Fortunately, your Sandy Springs 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 relieve the pain.

RESEACHERS STUDY THE CERVICAL SPINE MOTIONS

Such cool advances in the area of radiology are now available and may assist back pain healthcare providers like your Sandy Springs chiropractor better diagnose and treat neck pain as well as surgical colleagues develop more appropriate surgical techniques! New 3D computed tomography imaging allows a view of the cervical spine in different 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 greater 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 best as possible.

CERVICAL SPINE TREATMENT FOR CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE

The cervical spine range of motion is involved in patients with cervicogenic headache. When Sandy Springs chiropractic patients come in with a headache, they’ll often note limited range of motion. That isn’t uncommon. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation compared to spinal mobilization for relief of cervicogenic headache found 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 treats Sandy Springs neck pain as well as associated range of motion issues like acute neck pain.

SPINAL MANIPULATION FOR ACUTE NECK PAIN

Acute Sandy Springs neck pain is a typical condition for which patients will look for assistance from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors as well as general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are usual treatments. Researchers state that GPs were sometimes hesitant to refer 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 revealed that spinal manipulation alone or in combination with other therapies was valuable for acute neck pain with no reported serious adverse effects. (3) Your Sandy Springs chiropractor who understands the cervical spine well and provides safe spinal manipulation works alongside Sandy Springs general practitioners to assist neck pain sufferers attain relief.

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Listen to 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.

Schedule your Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment soon. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions involving it deserve a unique treatment protocol to take care of pain. At Cross Chiropractic Center, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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