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Vancouver Disc Centers 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 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 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 small and the cord large, a condition known as 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 let alone any disc herniation or bone spur and the like that may form. Plus, the cervical spine has to support the average 9-pound head! The cervical spine is remarkable. No wonder it interests researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Vancouver Disc Centers and produces such pain for Vancouver neck pain sufferers. Fortunately, your Vancouver chiropractor knows the cervical spine anatomy and potential painful cervical conditions in addition to 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 developments in the area of radiology are now available and may assist back pain healthcare providers like your Vancouver chiropractor more beneficially diagnose and treat neck pain and surgical colleagues develop more appropriate surgical techniques! Innovative 3D computed tomography imaging allows a look at the cervical spine in a variety of 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 relieve pain and restore 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 Vancouver chiropractic patients come in with a headache, they’ll often describe limited range of motion. That’s not unusual. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation compared to 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 treats Vancouver neck pain as well as related range of motion issues like acute neck pain.

SPINAL MANIPULATION FOR ACUTE NECK PAIN

Acute Vancouver neck pain is a common issue for which patients will look for assistance from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors and general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are typical treatments. Researchers wrote that GPs were occasionally hesitant to refer 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 combined with other therapies was valuable for acute neck pain with no reported serious adverse effects. (3) Your Vancouver chiropractor who understands the cervical spine well and delivers safe spinal manipulation works with Vancouver general practitioners to help 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.

Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment now. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions involving it deserve a unique treatment protocol to ease pain. At Vancouver Disc Centers, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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