Disc herniations in the neck-Chiropractic topics

The discs of the spine make up about 25% of the height of the spine. The discs are a common cause of back pain, disability and cause many people to seek Chiropractic care.
The discs allow the neck to have a large range of motion. The joints of the upper neck (C1 and C2 or Atlas and axis) provide most of the turning of the head while the lower neck provides most of the forward and back bending. The joints of the lower spine are the most susceptible to whiplash injury and degenerative joint disease. The upper two joints of the spine have no discs. The first joint of the spine to have a disc is the joint between the C2 and C3 vertebrae. One key fact about intervertebral discs is that they thin as one ages. As a result of disc thinning it is generally considered unlikely to have a cervical disc herniation after age 40. The core of the discs (called the nucleus pulposus) is considered to be largely non existant after age 45. The key point of disc thinning after age 40 is that disc herniation in the neck is largely overdiagnosed in persons over age 40.
Furthermore the outer layer of the disc has a nerve supply which means it may be the cause of neck pain in itself. The discs are also innervated to provide proprioception which tells the body how the neck and head are oriented in space.
Dr. Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain, whiplash and sports injuries. His Chiropractic office is located at 112th and Strangline and serves Lenexa, Kansas, Olathe, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas.

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