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OrthoIllinois Chiropractic 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 level of the spine. If the size of the spinal canal is little and the cord big, a condition termed stenosis exists and makes pain and disability a greater problem. (4-8) Whatever the size, there isn’t a lot of space for the spinal nerves that exit the spinal cord regardless of any disc herniation or bone spur and such that may develop. Plus, the cervical spine has to support the average 9-pound head! The cervical spine is amazing. No wonder it fascinates researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic and produces such pain for McHenry neck pain sufferers. Luckily, your McHenry chiropractor knows the cervical spine anatomy and potential painful cervical conditions as well as the gentle, stretching treatment 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 McHenry chiropractor more beneficially diagnose and care for neck pain and surgical colleagues develop more appropriate surgical techniques! New 3D computed tomography imaging allows a look at the cervical spine in different positions in normal volunteers. What did the researchers find happens in the neck 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 ease pain and restore normal ranges of motion as optimally as possible.

CERVICAL SPINE TREATMENT FOR CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE

The cervical spine range of motion is addressed in patients with cervicogenic headache. When McHenry chiropractic patients seek care for a headache, they will often note limited range of motion. That is not 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 addresses McHenry neck pain as well as related range of motion issues like acute neck pain.

SPINAL MANIPULATION FOR ACUTE NECK PAIN

Acute McHenry neck pain is a typical issue for which patients will look for assistance from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors and general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are usual treatments. Researchers wrote that GPs were occasionally undecided 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 revealed that spinal manipulation alone or in combination with other modalities was valuable for acute neck pain with no serious adverse effects being reported. (3) Your McHenry chiropractor who understands the cervical spine well and provides safe spinal manipulation works alongside McHenry general practitioners to assist neck pain sufferers get 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.

Set up your McHenry chiropractic appointment soon. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions affecting it merit a unique treatment protocol to ease pain. At OrthoIllinois Chiropractic, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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