COPING WITH NECK PAIN:
The Neck: Some Background Information:
The neck performs three major functions: It provides stability and a base of support for the head. It protects the spinal cord and nerve roots and it permits you to move your head in all directions. Of the many areas of the spine, the neck (also known as the cervical part of the spine) is the most mobile. It is also quite fragile, since the head sits on top of it and imposes a heavy load. The cervical neck is often vulnerable to strain or injury as might happen after a car accident or sports injury
Cervical Spine Pain: A True “Pain in the Neck”
Neck pain is often accompanied by spasm, stiffness, numbness, tingling and reduced range of motion. These symptoms can arise from many different sources and therefore a thorough medical assessment is critical before a customized, individualized treatment plan can be set up.
Common Causes of Neck Pain
Muscular/Soft Tissue Causes (whiplash)
Neck Pain Symptoms:
NECK PAIN: THE IMPORTANCE OF A MEDICAL EVALUATION
All neck and spine pain should be thoroughly evaluated by a physician before a treatment plan is initiated. In some cases an x-ray, MRI or other test may be advisable. If numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, abnormal reflexes or radiating pain is present, than an electrodiagnostic test (EMG/NCV) may be needed
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