The neck (cervical spine) is one of the most flexible regions of the spine. The cervical spine consists of seven bony vertebrae, six shock absorbing discs, several muscles, and vertebral ligaments. The head is positioned upon the top of the vertebral column, where the skull attaches to the first cervical vertebra.The spinal cord, which sends impulses to every part of the body, runs through a canal in the cervical vertebrae and continues all the way down the spine. Cervical nerves stem from the spinal cord and run through side holes in between each cervical vertebra, spreading into the arms and hands. Arm and hand symptoms, therefore, can commonly be traced to a problem in the neck.Many neck injuries occur due to excessive motion at the cervical spine. Common problems include:

  • Muscular Spasm
  • Degenerative Joint Disease: Deterioration of the cervical joints
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: Deterioration of the cervical discs
  • Headaches/Dizziness: Compression and inflammation of the nerves and blood vessels that supply the head can cause severe headaches, dizziness, and nausea
  • Cervical Stenosis: The openings where the spinal cord and cervical nerves pass begin to narrow, causing compression and irritation of the cord and nerves.
  • Cervical Disc Bulge/ Herniation: An outward bulge of the outer wall of the cervical disc, causing inflammation and nerve irritation. When the gel inside the disc escapes from the disc, herniation occurs, causing further irritation
  • Joint Dysfunction: Cervical joints with improper alignment/mobility most often occurring at extreme ranges of motion

Our therapists aim to treat injuries to, and pain in, the cervical region by:

  • Reducing symptoms through modalities, various manual techniques, exercise, and postural re-education
  • Evaluating and treating the source of the problem, including specific muscular tightness, weakness, abnormal posture, or abnormal movements caused by patients’ work, sport, or lifestyle
  • Providing each patient with an individualized home exercise program to prevent re occurrence of the cervical problem