Neck and Arm Pain Treatment

Neck and Arm Pain

Neck pain can stem from various causes, with mechanical neck pain arising from soft tissue injury or inflammation, differing from symptoms associated with pressure on nerve roots, termed cervical radiculopathy or a pinched nerve. Chiropractic treatment, specifically Cox Technic Flexion Distraction and Decompression, can help manage pain and restore motion in affected spinal joints. This approach may involve adjustments, ice, traction, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and exercise. Understanding the anatomy involved is crucial, with the spine comprising vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and nerve branches. Cervical radiculopathy, distinct from mechanical neck pain, results from pressure on nerves leaving the spinal column and is caused by factors like degeneration, disc herniation, and spinal instability. Degeneration involves age-related changes, disc collapse, facet joint enlargement, and bone spurs. Disc herniation, caused by excessive pressure, can lead to material squeezing out and pressing on nerve roots. Spinal instability, marked by extra movement in the spine, may result from injuries or connective tissue diseases. Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy include pain spreading down the arm, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. Unlike mechanical neck pain, radiculopathy affects reflexes in the upper arm muscles. Chiropractic care tailored to individual exam findings can offer relief and improve function for those dealing with cervical radiculopathy.