These are symptoms of a neck in trouble that is now pinching or irritating nerves that go into the arms and hands and / or other nerves that go from the neck up into the head. Signs to look for are limited neck movements; that is, the neck exhibits a restricted range of motion. IT’S EASY TO CHECK… Turn the head as far as you can to the right, to the left, up and down to notice if there is a difference between each side and direction. Restricted movement suggests spinal misalignments. Cervical x-rays are required to reveal the signs of spinal degeneration.
Waking up in the morning with a stiff neck, even if not painful or it is tolerable, is another indication of spinal instability that leads to spondylosis. Still others may experience their neck stiffness after hours of sedentary activities: on the computer, administrative work, watching TV long hours, etc. Persistent or recurring neck stiffness is not something one should dismiss so easily as the result of bad posture or other rationalization. When an x-ray or MRI shows degeneration of the discs people often comment: “but I have not been suffering of neck pain to warn me!” and the sad truth is they are not alone with this dilemma.
Its true! Martha said she so easily dismissed or ignored these symptoms because, at the moment they didn’t seem to be such a big deal, but after making those excuses long enough spinal degeneration, calcific spur formations and vertebral disc thinning continued behind the scene. Today’s disgnosis is the finding that Martha has cervical spondylosis!
Surgeons love to send patients out for MRI studies of the neck because the radiology report can read out very scary! The perfect foundation to make recommendations for neck surgery. Not that there is no rationale for appropriate spinal surgery, but all too often, surgery is the first recommendation offered; as there are other conservative options to explore first.
Doctors of Chiropractic have an enviable record of helping people who suffer from Cervical Spondylosis. Manual manipulation, corrective exercises and the use of disc rehydrators provide excellent conservative options to cervical fusion by surgery. Fortunate indeed are those who find a chiropractor. Just ask some friends or co-workers for a chiropractor referral.
Yours in Health,