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Malverne Health & Wellness Addresses the Range of Motion of the Cervical Spine in Treating Neck Pain and Headache

The cervical spine is unique among spinal curves. Unlike its fellow thoracic and lumbar curves, the cervical spine houses 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 large, a condition known as stenosis exists and makes pain and disability a greater problem. (4-8) Whatever the size, there is not a lot of space for the spinal nerves that leave the spinal cord regardless of any disc herniation or bone spur and such that may form. Plus, the cervical spine has to hold up the average 9-pound head! The cervical spine is amazing. No wonder it interests researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Malverne Health & Wellness and produces such pain for Malverne neck pain sufferers. Fortunately, your Malverne chiropractor understands the cervical spine anatomy and potential painful cervical conditions as well as the gentle, stretching technique protocols of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to relieve the pain.

RESEACHERS STUDY THE CERVICAL SPINE MOTIONS

Such cool developments in the area of radiology are now available and may help back pain healthcare providers like your Malverne chiropractor better diagnose and treat neck pain and surgical colleagues develop more suitable surgical techniques! New 3D computed tomography imaging allows a look at the cervical spine in various 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 takes place, too. C3-4 range of motion for lateral bending is larger than C1-2, C5-6 and C6-7. (1) Using Cox® Technic for cervical spine pain is designed for segment-specific treatment of individual segment cervical spine ranges of motion to decrease pain and bring back 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 Malverne chiropractic patients come in with 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 treats Malverne neck pain as well as related range of motion issues like acute neck pain.

SPINAL MANIPULATION FOR ACUTE NECK PAIN

Acute Malverne neck pain is a typical condition for which patients will look for assistance from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors as well as general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are usual treatments. Researchers state 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 about the effect of spinal manipulation for acute neck pain, researchers revealed that spinal manipulation alone or combined with other therapies was effective for acute neck pain with no reported serious adverse effects. (3) Your Malverne chiropractor who understands the cervical spine well and provides safe spinal manipulation works with Malverne general practitioners to assist neck pain sufferers find relief.

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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.

Set up your Malverne chiropractic appointment today. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions involving it deserve a unique treatment protocol to take care of pain. At Malverne Health & Wellness, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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