How Chiropractors Help Patients With Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease?
Cervical degenerative disc disease is much less common than disc degeneration in the lumbar spine because the neck generally is subjected to far less torque and force. And it is diagnosed when a damaged disc in the spine becomes symptomatic. Pain from cervical degenerative disc disease is usually felt as a stiff neck, but it can also radiate into the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers, depending on which nerves are being compressed or irritated. The cause of the pain in cervical degenerative disc disease is thought to come from the disc which becomes incompetent as a result of the degenerative process.
Primarily, pain from cervical degenerative disc disease is attributed to either dehydration of your cervical discs or the release of inflammatory proteins by these discs themselves. This condition that can compress the spinal cord and nerves in the neck. This kind of pain is often felt as a stiff neck, but may radiate into the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers. Cervical degenerative disc disease is less common than disc degeneration in the lumbar spine since the neck is subjected to less torque and force.
Ache can be a real Headache!Neck problems may, in fact, give rise to pain and aches in other parts of the body. Sometimes it is not obvious that the neck is involved at all.
Many people don’t pay a lot of attention to neck pain, which can lead to a much worse problems, just because they think they don’t perceive neck pain as something serious. Neck pain is second only to low back pain as a cause of musculoskeletal pain and disability, and represents the second most common reason to undertake chiropractic treatment. Due to the complicated structure of the spine, neck problems may in fact, give rise to shoulder pain, upper back pain, chest pain, arm pain, jaw and facial pain or, very often headache!
The neck, or cervical spine, consists of the upper seven vertebrae. The skull is firmly anchored to the uppermost cervical vertebra (C1 or the ‘atlas’), and the lowermost cervical vertebra (C7) is continuous with the thoracic spine below. The average human head weighs around 5kg, as much as some bowling balls, and the cervical spine has the job of supporting this weight all day long.Is it any wonder that neck related complaints are a major cause of disability around the world!
What Causes Neck, or Cervical Spine, Problems?
It’s very often a combination of overuse, wear and tear, poor posture and/or trauma (such as whiplash) that contribute to the gradual deterioration of the tissues of the spine. This is especially true of the sedentary nature of many of our jobs, in addition to the increased use of computers both at work and at home. Such stresses can lead to a range of conditions that may respond very favourably to Chiropractic care. Recent Review of Scientific Evidence Confirms Chiropractic Treatment is Safe and Effective A recent review of the scientific evidence reports that, by the highest current standards, spinal manipulation/mobilisation is safe and effective in adults for migraine and cervicogenic headache, cervicogenic dizziness, and acute/subacute neck pain (Ref 1). Another multi-disciplinary research group found spinal manipulation to be one of only a handful of treatment options of benefit for neck pain. The study, which was published in a world-renowned scientific journal, concluded that spinal manipulation is a low risk, cost-effective choice (Ref 2). Chiropractic encourages your body to heal naturally by restoring normal function to the damaged tissues of the neck that are responsible for your symptoms. By getting to the root of your problem we may dramatically improve your painful symptoms and look forward to a future without on-going or deteriorating pain and dysfunction!
If you are suffering from headaches or you are experiencing neck pain, or aches in your arms or shoulders, you should contact the clinic that is closest to you and book a complementary screening appointment which will enable the chiropractor to establish if you will benefit from chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic treatment can really save you from further and more complex problems, so it is recommended to schedule it at least once in three months, just as a precaution.