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What is Cervical Spondylosis?

Cervical spondylosis (e.g. cervical osteoarthritis and neck arthritis) occurs from wear and tear of the cartilage and bones in the neck (cervical spine). This is due to abnormal joint mechanics, which can be caused by other factors such as poor neck alignment. It has been said to be present in more than 90 percent of people over the age of 65. While this number may seem high, many people with the condition never experience symptoms. On the other hand, sufferers that have chronic pain from this condition still seem to be able to conduct normal, daily activities.

Chiropractic treatment

The good news about cervical spondylosis is that non-surgical chiropractic methods are usually very effective. The goal is to provide pain relief while optimizing good spinal mechanics to improve posture and alignment. Doing this means we lower the risk of permanent damage, and help you lead a normal life.

Goldsboro Spine Center cannot reduce the slippage of spondylolisthesis, but can address the spinal joints above and below the slipped vertebra to relieve pain and improve function. Your treatment plan will be customized for your condition. This includes various types of spinal adjustment to improve biomechanics, exercises to stretch and strengthen your neck and shoulder muscles, as well as cervical traction, to increase the space between the cervical joints to relieve pressure on the discs and nerve roots.

Causes and risk factors

  • Loss of natural cervical lordosis
  • Neck injuries
  • Activities that put extra strain on your neck (heavy lifting, poor posture, repetitive movements, etc.)
  • Family history of the condition
  • Smoking
  • Being inactive and overweight

Around middle age, your spinal discs can undergo changes. They may become dry and begin shrinking, or develop cracks that causes them to bulge or become herniated. These changes can cause joint pain since they can put pressure on your spinal cord and nerve roots. Your spinal ligaments might also become stiffer and thickened as you age making it more difficult for normal neck function.

Long-term effects

As the condition progresses, you may experience neck stiffness, aching or tingling sensation in one or both arms, and headaches. Shooting pain can develop if the bone spurs grow laterally and irritate the nerve roots. If the spurs affect the spinal cord, then headaches, loss of balance, weakness in the arms, and loss of neck movement can result. As the natural curve is lost, severe cervical spondylosis causes the vertebrae to fuse together. A grinding feeling and sound occurs with neck movement in addition to the other symptoms listed above.

When to seek medical care

Since the early effects of cervical spondylosis are mild, the only way to know if you’re suffering from this condition is by being properly X-rayed. That allows the doctor to see decreased disc height, and if there is any bone spur formation.

There are three common symptoms that may present themselves as cervical spondylosis worsens: pain around the shoulder blade, and pain and/or muscle weakness along the arm and in the fingers. This pain can increase with movement, sneezing, coughing, or backward bending of the neck?

Other common signs include:

  • Stiff neck that worsens
  • Headaches in the back of the head
  • Tingling or numbness in the shoulders and arms
  • Loss of balance

If you have the sudden onset of these symptoms, you should seek chiropractic care right away.

Contact Us for Your Consultation

If you think chiropractic treatment can help, contact us to schedule a consultation. The consultation includes:

  • X-ray review and measurement
  • Lifestyle and activity assessment
  • Doctor examination
  • Spinal adjustment
  • At-home care recommendations

If new X-Rays need to be taken, they can be done the same day as your appointment.

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Motor Vehicle Collision

Have you or someone you know been involved in a motor vehicle collision? One of the most common injuries from a car crash is the damaging effect of whiplash. Whiplash occurs when a sudden, jarring movement of the head is sustained backward, forward or even to the side. Whiplash destabilizes the spine and causes severe pain as well as these other indicators:

• Blurred vision
• Neck pain
• Headaches
• Dizziness
• Shoulder pain
• Reduced range of motion in the neck
• Arm pain
• Neck stiffness
• Low back pain

It is critical that chiropractic care is sought immediately after an automobile accident since allowing the effects of whiplash to go untreated can induce long-term pain. The seriousness of the physical effects of an accident is not always known or felt immediately following. It can take days, weeks or even months for major symptoms to show up, which is why chiropractic care is essential to maintaining the health of a spine that has been through a trauma.

Any body part that is jarred or thrown forward unexpectedly and beyond normal limits can sustain stretched ligaments and even tears. Those supporting the head and neck are especially vulnerable to this kind of tearing during a collision. Since chiropractors specialize in the care of bones, muscles, nerves and connective tissue, they are crucial to visit after an accident. All those major parts of the body are important to keep in optimal health and correct alignment so they can function properly and all body systems can operate seamlessly.

Early care and treatment means full healing and recovery is quickly realized. Even a car crash that is seemingly minor with limited damage to the car itself can cause serious injury to the driver and passengers. Chiropractic treatments are the right step toward restoring the body. They relieve pain, make necessary adjustments to spine alignment and may include massage or foam roller techniques. Beyond treatment, advice for optimal nutrition, as well as exercises to continue healing on your own after appointments, are just a few examples of the way Goldsboro Spine Center care for the whole individual after an accident.

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