Spine Conditions

August 10th, 2017

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What is Mechanical Neck Pain?

A CHRONIC NECK ACHE WHERE THE PAIN STAYS MAINLY IN THE NECK MAY BE THE RESULT OF DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE AND ARTHRITIS OF THE FACET JOINTS OF THE CERVICAL SPINE. Doctors sometimes refer to this type of pain as mechanical pain. This term is used because it gets worse when we use our neck more and seems to be coming from the parts of the cervical spine – the mechanical parts that allow us to move our head around and up and down. This type of pain does not come from pinched, or irritated, nerves. The pain seems to come from the inflamed facet joints and from the degenerated disc. As the disc and facet joints become more inflamed when we use our neck to move our head, the muscles around the cervical spine begin to spasm. You can think […]

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August 7th, 2017

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What is Muscle Strain?

What is Muscle Strain? A “muscle strain” of the neck is a common diagnosis given when a patient presents a stiff neck. In some cases, this may represent a true “muscle strain”, or “pulled muscle” involving the muscles around the spine of the neck. However, muscle spasm is a common symptom that can result when other areas of the neck are injured. Problems that are commonly referred to as a muscle strain may also involve injury of other soft tissues of the neck including: the disc, the ligaments around the spinal segment, and the muscles. Injury to any, or all, of these structures may cause similar symptoms. TREATMENTS CONSERVATIVE TREATMENTS At the Center for Spine Care, we offer a variety of non-surgical, conservative care approaches to treating back or neck pain. Most of our patients improve with these treatments and […]

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August 4th, 2017

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What is a Herniated / Ruptured Disc?

HERNIATED / RUPTURED DISC Intervertebral discs act as shock absorbers between the vertebral bodies of the cervical spine. These structures can be damaged during an accident, trauma or during activities of daily living. Injury to the disc may occur when neck motion puts too much pressure on the disc. One of the most painful injuries that can occur is a herniated disc. When a herniation occurs, the material in the center of the disc, called the nucleus pulposus, is pushed out through the fibrous outer ring like structure of the disk called the annulus fibrosis. A herniated disc can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves to the arms and legs. Pressure on the nerve root from a herniated disc can cause pain, numbness, and weakness along the nerve. There is also evidence that the chemicals released from the […]

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July 31st, 2017

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Fractures and Dislocations

FRACTURES AND DISLOCATIONS Fractures and dislocations of the cervical spine demand early and accurate diagnosis so that treatment can quickly be introduced in order to produce a painless, stable neck and prevent pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves. When the neck is injured in very violent accidents, the bones in the neck can be broken or pulled forcefully out of normal alignment. Fractures and dislocations of the cervical spine are very serious injuries because there is the potential for damage to the spinal cord if the patient is not taken care of very carefully. NON-SURGICAL CONSERVATIVE TREATMENTS BACK AND NECK BRACES If you are diagnosed with a spinal disorder, deformity, or potential problem that can by helped through the use of external structural support, your physician may recommend the use of a back or neck brace. Braces offer a […]

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July 25th, 2017

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What is Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease?

CERVICAL DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE What is degenerative disc disease (DDD)of the cervical spine? There are many causes such as cervical spinal stenosis, cervical disc herniation, spondylosis, and many other reasons. CSC treats these conditions frequently. Degenerative disease of the cervical spine happens when there is a breakdown of the normal architecture of the various parts of the cervical spine. Normally, the neck is very flexible. As you may demonstrate on yourself, the neck allows the head to rotate from side to side nearly 180°, to flex forward to touch your chin to your chest, and extend backwards to almost touch the back of the head to your upper back, as well as bend your head toward your shoulder (and all ranges in between these basic motions). These motions are afforded by the various joints of the cervical spine. When these […]

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July 19th, 2017

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What is a Pinched Nerve / Cervical Radiculopathy?

PINCHED NERVE / CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY When a nerve root leaves the spinal cord and the cervical spine, it travels down into the arm. Along the way, each nerve supplies sensation (feeling) to a part of the skin of the shoulder and arm and supplies electrical signals to certain muscles to move part of the arm or hand. When a nerve is irritated or pinched – by either a bone spur or part of the intervertebral disc – it causes the nerve to not work properly. This shows up as: weakness in the muscles the nerve goes to, numbness in the skin where the nerve goes, or pain in the area where the nerve travels. This condition is called cervical radiculopathy. CERVICAL SPINE (NECK) The cervical spine is made up of the first seven vertebrae in the spine. It starts just […]

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July 11th, 2017

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Spine Conditions – Neck Pain

NECK PAIN AND SYMPTOMS CAUSED BY A CERVICAL (NECK) SPINE DISORDER ARE A VERY COMMON PROBLEM FOR MANY ADULT AMERICANS. The cervical spine is composed of many different anatomic structures, including muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints. Each of these structures has nerve endings that can detect painful problems when they occur. The different parts of the cervical spine are normally well balanced and able to handle all of the movements, stresses, and strains of the body gracefully. However, when the different parts of the cervical spine are injured or start to wear out, your neck can be a significant source of pain and discomfort. Studies show that approximately fifty percent of the population has evidence of degenerative changes in their cervical spine by the age of fifty. These changes happen because the discs that act as shock absorbers between the […]

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Stem Cell
Therapy

Center for Spine Care offers stem cell therapy as a conservative treatment to promote natural healing for back or neck pain. Utilizing mesenchymal stem cells, this new method is used to treat patients with neck and back pain caused from degenerative disc disease.