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--Hilary Siebens, MD
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Pain anywhere in your body can destroy the enjoyment of life. Neck problems, in particular, often lead to headaches as well as radiating pain, numbness and weakness down your arms. Often just concentrating is impaired and even the weight of your head can feel extremet needing to be lifted. Playing tennis, reading, computer work, driving and just taking care of you and your family can eventually be overwhelming.
So if your neck problem is serious and has not received adequate help, in spite of seeing various professionals, than read on. This article and our center may be right for you. We know it's a lot of information, but it's designed to help you finally find the help you need.
What Are The Usual Causes of Neck Pain?
There are many causes of persistent and serious neck pain, but it usually originates in one of these areas:
How Can I Tell Which Area Is Causing My Problem?
To find answers, you must first determine the section of your neck that is the problem. Luckily, each area of the spine refers pain and weakness to specific areas. Paying close attention to this symptom pattern, is a good place to begin. Just relying on MRIs or any other single test, leads many doctors to faulty conclusions, unhelpful surgeries and treatments that go nowhere.
The neck vertebrae (also called the cervical spine) is comprised of seven vertebrae. They’re labeled with numbers. The vertebra closest to your head is called: C1 (or Atlas) and the one below that is called C2 (orAxis). C3 is below that and so on for all seven cervical vertebrae. It’s the most mobile portion of the spine and has the smallest vertebrae, causing it to be the least stable.
The Upper Cervical Spine (C1-3)
The top two vertebrae, called the Atlas and Axis, hold and rotate your head. Because the nerves supplying the top of your head pass through these vertebrae, Misalignments and fixation of this area can cause headaches (often called tension or cervicogenic headaches). Irritation of the third cervical nerve is often associated with neck, sinus irritation and facial pain.
The upper cervical spine (C1 and C2) sends nerves to the top of your head and often cause headaches, dizziness and difficult concentration and, of course, upper neck pain..
The Middle Cervical Spine (C4-C6)
These vertebrae house the nerves that travel to your shoulders, the thumb side of your hand and your upper back. When compressed--pain, weakness and numbness may refer to these areas.
The Lower Cervical Spine (C6-T1)
The lower cervical spine affects the nerves going to the back of your arm, your entire forearm, the little finger side of your hand and your arm pit. Again, irritation of these nerves can affect these areas.
Picture of the middle and lower cervical spinal nerves exiting the spine on route to the arms, shoulders and upper back.
But What's Causing My Pain...My Vertebrae, Discs, Muscles, Alignment…?
Now that you have a better idea which part of the cervical spine may be involved, let's find the type of tissue that may be causing it. As we said earlier, answering these questions is essential in treating difficult neck problems and is just as important as the correct reading of an MRI. Yet, we believe this is one of the places most spinal clinics fall short.
According to most scientific journals, MRIs show the true cause of spine related pain only about 50% of the time. Learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of MRIs by reading the article I've written, MRIs: What Doctors and Patients Need to Know.
Back to our hunt for the cause of your pain--fortunately each tissue, when damaged, causes specific sensations, for example:
What Treatments Are Available For These Problems?
Minor problems, including muscular spasms and minor misalignments respond well to chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy and a change in postural habits. In fact, click on the following links to learn some basic stretches and modifications to your work place that may provide the help you need.
What Treatment is Provided at The Morris Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center
Our office specializes in spine conditions that have not responded to traditional care. Most of our patients have been to several doctors and centers and have tried physical therapy, chiropractic and pain management unsuccessfully. 20% of our patients have already had a spinal surgery that failed.
Our approach is unique and the most comprehensive that we’ve seen. We start by working with the leading doctors and therapists in the Los Angeles area who specialize in the spine and combine all aspects of treatment in a specific and coordinated effort. Some of the treatments include:
Most of our patient’s have had some or all of these treatments in an uncoordinated and disorganized manner. Our approach has produced results that are unmatched in medical literature
For Further Information:
Click on Research to see the studies that were performed in our center.
Click on the Morris Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center to learn more about our center.
Click on Morris Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center Staff to learn more about the professionals we work with.
To Get Help For Severe and Chronic Neck Problems:
Schedule an appointment with our office by calling (310) 451-5851 or contact us by E-Mail.