The part of the spine in your neck is called the cervical spine. The seven vertebrae of the cervical spine are the most flexible part of the spine. The cervical spine supports the weight of the head and control the movement of the head. It also contains of the brainstem and the nerve roots control movement and sensation in the esophagus, larynx, shoulders, arms, wrists and hands. Due to this complexity, pain in the neck is very common.
Common causes of neck problems include: Strain of the muscles, sprains of the ligaments, disorder of the vertebral disks, arthritis of the vertebrae, and numbness and tingling in the hands or arms.
Injury to the muscles of the neck are called strains. Injuries to the ligaments of the neck are called sprains. These injuries can occur due to an accident or trauma or they can be related to overuse and repetitive use.
Chiropractic and physical therapy treatment for neck injuries include manipulation and adjustment, strengthening exercises, range of motion exercises, and stretching exercises. Acupuncture is also useful in the treatment of neck injuries.
Cervical radiculopathy is the Medical Center for irritation of the nerve roots in the neck where the nerves exited the spine. Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy of an include numbness and tingling in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. If more severe cases symptoms also included weakness of the muscles of the upper extremity.
There are many possible causes for cervical radiculopathy. These include bulging or herniated disks in the neck, arthritis of the neck bones, and injury to the nerves in the neck.
Chiropractic adjustment any manipulation work very well to relieve the symptoms associated with cervical radiculopathy. Physical therapy and acupuncture have also alleviate the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy.