Cervical Spine Degeneration

Cervical degeneration, or cervical spondylosis, is the degeneration of the bones and disks in the neck. This condition can lead to a variety of problems, including herniated disks and bone spurs.

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Your Guide to Understanding Cervical Spine Degeneration

What is Cervical Spine Degeneration?

Cervical degeneration refers to the progressive wear and tear of the vertebrae and discs in the neck region, leading to diminished spinal function and potential discomfort. This degenerative process can result in conditions such as cervical spondylosis or arthritis in the neck, causing stiffness, pain, and reduced range of motion. It is a common age-related phenomenon that may necessitate medical intervention to manage symptoms and maintain neck mobility.

How can Chiropractic help treat Cervical Spine Degeneration?

Chiropractors can assist in treating cervical degeneration through various non-invasive techniques such as spinal manipulation, mobilization, and specialized exercises aimed at improving neck mobility and reducing discomfort. These approaches may help alleviate pressure on the affected discs and nerves, potentially promoting better spinal function.

What causes Cervical Spine Degeneration?

Cervical degeneration is typically caused by age-related wear and tear on the discs and vertebrae of the neck, leading to reduced disc height and potential bone spurs. Factors such as poor posture, repetitive stress, injury, and genetic predisposition can contribute to the development and progression of cervical degeneration.

What treatments might help Cervical Spine Degeneration?

Treatment for cervical degeneration can help alleviate pain and discomfort, improve neck mobility, and reduce the associated neurological symptoms such as numbness and weakness in the arms or hands.

Appropriate treatment may aid in preventing further progression of the condition, potentially enhancing overall quality of life and functional abilities for individuals affected by cervical degeneration. Seeking timely medical intervention and adhering to a tailored treatment plan can contribute to better management of the condition.

Signs of Cervical Spine Degeneration:

Some common signs of cervical degeneration may include:

  1. Neck pain or discomfort that may radiate to the shoulders or arms
  2. Reduced range of motion in the neck
  3. Stiffness in the neck
  4. Numbness or tingling in the arms or hands
  5. Weakness in the arms or hands
  6. Headaches, especially at the base of the skull
  7. Difficulty with balance and coordination

Symptoms of Cervical Spine Degeneration:

Symptoms of cervical degeneration may bring neck pain or discomfort, stiffness, limited range of motion in the neck, tingling or numbness in the arms or hands, weakness in the arms or hands, headaches (particularly at the base of the skull), and challenges with balance and coordination.

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When is the right time to see a Chiropractor for Cervical Spine Degeneration?

The right time to see a chiropractor for cervical degeneration is typically when an individual experiences chronic neck pain, discomfort, reduced mobility, or any unexplained symptoms that affect the neck and upper back. Chiropractors can diagnose and treat pain and other symptoms related to degenerative disc disease affecting the neck and back, offering non-invasive treatment options that may help alleviate discomfort and improve mobility.

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Dr. Brett Herlehy

Dr. Brett Herlehy

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Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College

Dr. Brett enjoys working with active individuals looking to reach the next level and also anyone who is trying to incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives.

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