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Back to Health fully supports NICE's (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) decision that chiropractic and acupuncture be made available on the NHS for chronic lower back pain (2009)

Neck

Are you suffering from?

  • Pain – arm pain?
  • Numbness/Tingling
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

Conditions often treated by chiropractic:

  • Whiplash
  • Facet Dysfunction
  • Torticollis
  • Cervical disc pain
  • Nerve root irritation
  • Brachial Plexus Irritation
  • T4 Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

The neck is known as the cervical spine and is comprised of 7 vertebrae joined together with discs allowing movement in all directions. The neck is the most mobile area of the spine and this combined with the volume of nerves in the area makes it a very complex and sensitive region. Neck problems can elicit many more symptoms other than pain and restriction, including dizziness, visual blurring, headaches, nausea, arm pain and more.

 

Your chiropractor will gain a detailed history then perform a thorough examination to determine which structures in the neck are involved and how they are causing your symptoms.

 

Neck pain may have a number of associated symptoms

  • Top of shoulders – usually muscular
  • Arm pain – may be “referred” pain from the neck joints or muscles though is more commonly due to nerve involvement
  • Numbness/tingling/pins and needles – these symptoms indicate nerve involvement
  • Weakness/arm heaviness – may also be associated with nerve involvement
  • Headaches – very frequently originate from the neck – even migraines
  • Dizziness – May often originate from neck problems
  • Nausea/visual blurring – are less common, but can also occur from the neck

Whiplash – the common name given to injuries to the neck sustained in a road traffic accident. Involves strains and sprains of the soft tissues of the neck and the joints.

 

Facet Dysfunction – Where the joints of the neck cause problems including pain and restriction

 

Torticollis – Also known as wry neck. Hallmarked by the neck being locked in a twisted position, accompanied by marked pain.

 

Cervical Disc – Marked arm pain with numbness and tingling, radiating from the neck.

 

Nerve Root Irritation – Inflammation or compression may affect the nerves as they exit the spine resulting in arm pain, numbness and pins and needles

 

Brachial Plexus Irritation – Stretch or compression of the nerves that bunch together after exiting the neck. Symptoms are widespread and varied involving the whole arm.

 

T4 Syndrome – Dysfunction of the joints between the shoulder blades causing tingling and numbness in the hands.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – Compression of the blood vessels and bundle of nerves at the area where the neck and shoulders meet.

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