Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center 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 quite snugly. The diameter of the vertebral canal in which the spinal cord lies ranges 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 leave 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 remarkable. No wonder it fascinates researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center and produces such pain for Pensacola neck pain sufferers. Luckily, your Pensacola chiropractor knows the cervical spine anatomy and potential painful cervical conditions in addition to 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 field of radiology are now available and may help back pain healthcare providers like your Pensacola chiropractor better diagnose and treat neck pain as well as surgical colleagues create more suitable 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 larger than C1-2, C5-6 and C6-7. (1) The use of Cox® Technic for cervical spine pain allows segment-specific treatment of individual segment cervical spine ranges of motion to ease 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 Pensacola chiropractic patients come in with a headache, they will often note limited range of motion. That is not unusual. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation compared to spinal mobilization for relief of cervicogenic headache explained 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 Pensacola neck pain as well as related range of motion issues like acute neck pain.

SPINAL MANIPULATION FOR ACUTE NECK PAIN

Acute Pensacola neck pain is a typical issue for which patients will seek 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 uncertain in referring for manual therapy as they were not 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 in combination with other therapies was valuable for acute neck pain with no serious adverse effects being reported. (3) Your Pensacola chiropractor who understands the cervical spine well and delivers safe spinal manipulation works alongside Pensacola 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 shares 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 Pensacola chiropractic appointment soon. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions affecting it deserve a unique treatment protocol to ease pain. At Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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