The average human head, which weighs around 12 pounds, is supported entirely by the cervical spine, also simply known as the neck. The range of motion in your neck allows you to turn your head from side to side and in several other different directions. Ironically, however, this same range of motion can also lead to your neck becoming severely injured. Everyday activities like sitting for extended periods of time or repetitive motions such as lifting heavy objects or turning your head can cause the seven small vertebrae in your cervical spine to suffer strain and injury. Likewise, traumatic injuries to your neck can also occur because of an accident such as an automobile crash, blow to the head or falling down on a slippery floor.
When you suffer from a painful neck injury like a Herniated disc, Jacksonville Florida residents like you may wonder what you can do to regain your range of motion and return to your normal pain-free routine. To help you recuperate from conditions like neck pain North Florida Spine and Injury Center of Jacksonville Florida offer you a range of treatments that could reduce your pain and help you overcome the factors that put you at risk for such injuries.
When you first meet with your chiropractor, Jacksonville Florida patients like you can expect to be asked certain questions. For example, you may have to answer questions about when the pain started, what remedies you have tried to relieve the pain, and to what extremities and areas of your body does the pain travel. This information will give your provider a general idea of what conditions you may suffer from and what treatment plans may be tried to relieve your suffering. After you answer questions posed by your chiropractor, Jacksonville Florida patients like you will then undergo a physical, orthopedic and neurological exam.
Depending on the results of the exam, the chiropractor may then order tests like x-rays, MRIs, or a CT scan to detect injuries like bone spurs, bulging or herniated discs, fractures, narrowed disc spaces, and arthritis. If this provider suspects injuries like nerve damage or a Herniated disc Jacksonville Florida patients may also undergo a test known as an EMG, or electromyography.
It is important to note that when treating cervical spine conditions like neck pain North Florida Spine and Injury Center will utilize many different conservative treatment strategies in hopes to avoid surgical intervention, invasive procedures or prescribing powerful narcotic drugs. If we suspect that you suffer from a serious medical condition like a fracture or a progressive organic disease, they will refer you to a specialist who can better handle or co-manage your injury or illness.
Chiropractors, however, use treatments that are designed to restore normal function to the structures in your neck and other parts of your spine to relieve your pain and help you get back to your normal routine. One of the primary methods that we rely on involves manually adjusting your neck. Neck adjustments utilize gentle pressure to help restore normal functional movement to the affected areas. You may quickly notice the improvement in your neck's range of motion. You also may experience fast relief of any pain or discomfort you felt prior to your treatment. Your chiropractor will devise a plan of treatment that is unique to your particular physical needs.
Research and chiropractic trials continue to be important to this form of patient care. As witnessed in the March/April 2007 issue of Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, studies have shown that patients benefit greatly from spinal manipulation remedies and enjoy longer rehabilitative success for up to 12 weeks after their initial treatments. As such, people with chronic neck pain may benefit tremendously by enrolling in chiropractic clinical studies.