The average adult human head weighs 10 pounds, all of which are supported solely by your relatively fragile neck. When neck pain strikes, it can have a widespread effect on your life as your head’s movement is limited. At Enhanced Medical Centers, Quentin Smith, DC, and Candace Gaitanis, APRN, CFNP, CFMP, provide comprehensive and integrative care to patients living in or near Tempe, Arizona, helping them find much-needed relief from neck pain. For more information, call or use the online scheduling tool today.
To provide support for your head, as well as the wide range of motion your head enjoys, your neck primarily relies on the seven small vertebrae that make up your cervical spine. Supporting these vertebrae in their work are a number of secondary components, including your:
When injury or disease strikes any of these areas, the effect can be highly limiting as you’re unable to move your head freely.
For such an important structure, your neck is relatively fragile and prone to injury and disease. The most common causes of neck pain include:
Whiplash is one of the most common acute injuries to the neck, while degenerative conditions and disc problems create ongoing, and often progressive, problems with neck pain.
One of the first tools that the providers at Enhanced Medical Centers turn to is traction therapy, which is designed to relieve the pressure within your vertebrae to free up the sensitive nerves in the area. This type of treatment is especially beneficial for those who are suffering from conditions that compress the nerves like a bulging or herniated disc. Two types of traction therapy are offered at Enhanced Medical Centers:
Spinal decompression gently pulls your spine apart to create negative intradiscal pressure between your vertebrae that encourages your disc back to move back into its proper position. This technique also allows your natural resources to gain access to the area to help with healing and repair.
The Cox technique is one in which the team uses a special table to move your spine in a way that breaks up any adhesions along the spine that could be limiting your movement. The technique also decompresses your spine by encouraging better positioning of your discs and vertebrae.
The team also offers other solutions for acute and chronic neck pain, including:
To put an end to your neck pain, call Enhanced Medical Centers or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.