The Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta use Chiropractic Adjustments to treat a number of conditions that cause neck pain.
It does not address every type of condition that affects the neck but is considered to be a primary form of treatment for many patients who experience painful symptoms.
Two common causes of pain that originate in the neck and can be treated by Chiropractic Adjustment include cervical disc problems and mechanical neck pain.
Tears can develop in the cervical disc and/or the nucleus of the disc can herniate through the outer part (the annulus) and pinch or trap the root of the nerve as it exits the spine.
Cervical nerve root aggravation can frequently refer pain down the arm and into the hand, affecting specific regions depending on which nerve root is irritated.
On rare occasions, if the nucleus of the disc herniates backward, it can pinch the spinal cord, cause aggravation in the legs, and even impact the function of the bladder and/or bowels.
On these rare occasions, the patient needs to be referred to a spinal surgeon for immediate medical attention.
The above are two broad examples of types of cervical spine problems that may be treated with cervical spinal adjustments.
The patient needs to receive a comprehensive exam prior to cervical manipulation.
Mechanical neck pain includes pain generated from joint capsules, tendons, muscles, fascia and/or the ligaments.
This type of problem is a common cause of stiffness and neck pain. Most of the time, many of these tissues are injured simultaneously and can cause pain both locally as well as at a distance from the injury site.
Facet joint problems are a good example of mechanical neck pain. The facets are found in the back of the neck, about 1 inch from each side of the midline.
When a facet joint is injured or sprained, pain may be localized and/or referred a distance away from the injury, such as into the upper back, shoulder blade and even into the arm.
The referred pain pattern is distinctive and depends on the specific spinal level of the cervical spine that is involved.
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