Disc Herniations in the Neck and Chiropractic

Neck pain is one of the most common complaints in today’s Chiropractic office. Often patients have concerns of disc herniations. In cases of disc herniation in the neck there is often some kind of neck injury. However, there may be no history of any kind of injury and the pain may begin over a longer period of time. Usually a person with a disc injury to the neck will have multiple episodes of neck pain following minor injuries. Weakness in the hand is also a possible syptom. The pain felt with a disc herniation in the neck is usually described as a deep ache. Some persons may also get relief with holding the hand over the head.
Some key points about disc herniations: There are no discs at the junction of the head and first cervical vertebrae. There is also no disc between the first and second cervical vertebrae. The upper two vertebrae of the neck are responsible for most of the turning of the neck. After age 40 the chances of a cervical disc herniation decrease due to thinning of the disc and the disc naturally drying out.
A person with a disc injury the neck often has a restricted range of motion of the neck and it may be more limited on one side. The main may also radiate to between the shoulder blades.
MRI and CT imagine of the neck is a diagnostic procedure usually used for those patients who cannot get relief through conservative methods. Chiropractic techniques for disc herniations involve mild manipulation of the neck as tolerated, manual traction of the neck and myofascial release. Home traction of the neck may also be helpfull.
Dr. Etter is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and has over ten years of Chiropractic experience. He has been practicing in Lenexa, Kansas and Olathe, Kansas for over ten years. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is neck pain, back pain, sports injuries and whiplash.

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