NECK PAIN AND STIFFNESS
The Cervical Spine consists of seven vertebra C1-C7 with intervertebral discs between each vertebra from C2-T1of which act as spacers and shock absorbers. The Cervical Spine extends from the base of the skull to the Thoracic Spine and serves as an attachment site for the ribs. The Cervical Spine primarily acts to support the weight of the head (10-12 pounds), protect the spinal cord and nerves, and permit substantial movement while the surrounding neck/shoulder musculature acts to stabilize the spine to limit improper movement patterns, correct postural alignment, and prevent injury.
A Personal Message From Physical Therapist Dr. Jacob Brindle,
As I said in another letter, pain is one of the strongest forces of nature in so many people's lives and It Doesn't Have To Be. If you are browsing and reading through this site then you obviously are serious and protective of your health and want to know what the next step is.
You ARE completely right to object to the pain medication and GENERIC exercises that have been offered to you in the past and you don't have to tell me that they don't get to the bottom of the root cause of your problem. It's pretty obvious that they only mask the pain and in the long run make things worse.
If you are suffering from CONSTANT, DAILY, IRRITATING, and NAGGING neck and shoulder pain, I want you to know that I have been there and I know EXACTLY what you are going through. You're in the right place for help.
I want to make it crystal clear that I am different than most other Physical Therapists because I am a private practice Physical Therapist that WILL take the time to listen to you and I WANT to know all of your concerns.
I've been doing this for several years and have seen this time-and-time-again. One of my goals is to offer you a solution to your neck pain problem so you can avoid harmful pain medication and decrease how often you have to see your Doctor for the same problem.
Be suspicious of GENERAL ADVICE such as "It's Just Your Age", "There's Really Nothing That Can Be Done For It", or the worst one "You're Just Gonna Have To Accept It".
WRONG!!! These issues are highly treatable even if they aren't caught early before "Nagging" and "Annoying" becomes SEVERE and DEBILITATING.
If things are bad now, what will the next five years look and feel like? I don't want you to find out, so PLEASE call now.
Owner of Heart of Texas Physical Therapy
Call: 254-301-7374 or CLICK HERE.
The Cervical Spine is much smaller and more delicate than the rest of the spine and is very susceptible to injury. With dozens of moving parts, injuries over time, selective weakness and instability, poor postural alignment, aging and degeneration, the Cervical Spine is very prone to deterioration and arthritic conditions develop.
Constant compression and narrowing of intervertebral discs from gravitational forces, scar tissue formation from inflammation, disc bulges from mechanical injury, bone spurs, and arthritis lead to nerve irritation and spinal cord compression. Of particular concern is that the cervical spine region of the spinal cord is intimately involved in control of vital functions such heart rate and respiration.
Initial injuries tend to be very sharp and incredibly painful and will usually leave a very achy/dull pain that persists as well as loss of movement of the neck (stiffness) including "locking." As inflammation at the site of injury begins a burning sensation can also be felt. Dizziness, Headaches, and Sleep Disturbance are also VERY common with neck injuries for example "Whip-Lash Injury."
Pain will typically begin at the spine itself and, depending on the severity of nerve irritation and injury, will begin to radiate or creep out from the spine in a band-like pattern and will travel down the shoulder(s) and into the arm(s). The further the pain travels down the limb (peripheralizes), the worse the nerve injury. Numbness and tingling in the hands and fingers is common.
Although, typically patients are told to rest and take pain medication, this is actually contrary to what should occur. Physical Therapy should be initiated immediately to begin decompression of the spine and nerve irritation, decrease and control the inflammatory process, reduce pain without medication, restore movement and function of the Cervical Spine, and strengthen weakened neck/shoulder musculature to re-stabilize the spine and prevent further or future injury.