Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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 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 level of the spine. If the size of the spinal canal is small and the cord big, a condition termed 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 let alone any disc herniation or bone spur and the like that may develop. Plus, the cervical spine has to support the average 9-pound head! The cervical spine is amazing. No wonder it appeals to researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa and produces such pain for West Des Moines neck pain sufferers. Fortunately, your West Des Moines chiropractor understands 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 reduce 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 West Des Moines chiropractor better diagnose and care for neck pain and surgical colleagues create more appropriate surgical techniques! New 3D computed tomography imaging allows a look at the cervical spine in a variety of 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 larger than C1-2, C5-6 and C6-7. (1) The use of Cox® Technic for cervical spine pain allows segment-specific treatment of each of the cervical spine ranges of motion to relieve pain and restore 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 West Des Moines chiropractic patients seek care for a headache, they will often describe limited range of motion. That’s not uncommon. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation compared to spinal mobilization for relief of cervicogenic headache reported 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 takes care of West Des Moines neck pain as well as associated range of motion issues like acute neck pain.

SPINAL MANIPULATION FOR ACUTE NECK PAIN

Acute West Des Moines 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 usual treatments. Researchers wrote that GPs were sometimes hesitant 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 therapies was effective for acute neck pain with no serious adverse effects being reported. (3) Your West Des Moines chiropractor who knows the cervical spine well and delivers safe spinal manipulation works with West Des Moines general practitioners to assist neck pain sufferers get relief.

CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa

Check out 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 West Des Moines chiropractic appointment soon. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions affecting it merit a unique treatment protocol to take care of pain. At Executive Chiropractic of Iowa, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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