Chiropractic Spinal Health

Chiropractic Focus – Cervical Spondylosis

Martha has been suffering from arm and hand pain and numbness with gradually increasing severity. It all began with frequent earlier neck pains and some reoccurring headaches.

These are symptoms of a neck in trouble that is now pinching or irritating nerves that go into the arms and hands and / or other nerves that go from the neck up into the head. Signs to look for are limited neck movements; that is, the neck exhibits a restricted range of motion. IT’S EASY TO CHECK… Turn the head as far as you can to the right, to the left, up and down to notice if there is a difference between each side and direction. Restricted movement suggests spinal misalignments. Cervical x-rays are required to reveal the signs of spinal degeneration.

Waking up in the morning with a stiff neck, even if not painful or it is tolerable, is another indication of spinal instability that leads to spondylosis. Still others may experience their neck stiffness after hours of sedentary activities: on the computer, administrative work, watching TV long hours, etc. Persistent or recurring neck stiffness is not something one should dismiss so easily as the result of bad posture or other rationalization. When an x-ray or MRI shows degeneration of the discs people often comment: “but I have not been suffering of neck pain to warn me!” and the sad truth is they are not alone with this dilemma.

Its true! Martha said she so easily dismissed or ignored these symptoms because, at the moment they didn’t seem to be such a big deal, but after making those excuses long enough spinal degeneration, calcific spur formations and vertebral disc thinning continued behind the scene. Today’s disgnosis is the finding that Martha has cervical spondylosis!

Surgeons love to send patients out for MRI studies of the neck because the radiology report can read out very scary! The perfect foundation to make recommendations for neck surgery. Not that there is no rationale for appropriate spinal surgery, but all too often, surgery is the first recommendation offered; as there are other conservative options to explore first.

Doctors of Chiropractic have an enviable record of helping people who suffer from Cervical Spondylosis. Manual manipulation, corrective exercises and the use of disc rehydrators provide excellent conservative options to cervical fusion by surgery. Fortunate indeed are those who find a chiropractor. Just ask some friends or co-workers for a chiropractor referral.

Yours in Health,

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  • Reply
    Archie Wills
    05/27/2013 at 10:03 am

    It helps to build a healthy body and strengthens body immune system. The discs may bulge out on account of degeneration which is also a prime cause for occurrence on this disorder. Some of the feelings you could possibly experience if you have hurt you neck, in a single way or some other are: spasms, increased discomfort, headaches and stiffness that limits what you can do to turn your head. Be well.

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    tratament spondiloza cervicala
    05/30/2013 at 6:17 pm

    Some from the causes of cervical spondylosis are; lack of exercise, injury, faulty posture, wrong diet, stress, emotional problems, psychological strain and improper way of lifting weights. A previous neck injury can predispose to a person to cervical spondylosis. The herbal do-it-yourself solutions for cervical spondylosis can contribute to improving the discs.

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    tratament hernie de disc
    06/02/2013 at 4:45 pm

    Pain is made from inflammation and pressure which also reduces the joint variety of motion. Perhaps you picture your bulging disc being forced back in normal position using extreme force. This procedure involves merging the two bones by inserting a bone graft or perhaps an intervertebral spacer where the injured disc had been, where new bone grows throughout the insert.

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      06/03/2013 at 11:48 am

      Thank you for noting how severe surgical interventions can be when a surgical option is being discussed. I reported on a failed surgery case on the Past President of the Philippines worth reading, offering a sensible perspective on the non-surgical choices people have when they seek alternatives. READ:

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    Mae Marnyll Carandang
    11/19/2015 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Doc Mike

    Good day.
    Wondering if you could help me. My mother has been diagnose of the same medical case. She suffered from severe pain including numbness of her hands. She’s been on therapy and some oral medicine. My mom is 59 yrs old only.

    Would appreciate if you could help me.

    Thank you

    • Reply
      11/20/2015 at 9:24 am

      Dear Mae,
      Cervical Spondylosis creeps into someone’s neck quietly and it takes 15 to 20 years to advance to the moderate stages. Sadly, nature does not give much warnings so it progresses year after year. However, in most cases we can make a big difference in reversing the more recent effects on the nerves to the arms and the head and stop the degenerative process from continuing. My staff will contact you to assist you with an evaluation for your mother.

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    Nancy Mendoza
    07/13/2016 at 8:17 am

    Hello doc mike. I am also one of those who is sufferring from cervical spondylosis and is currently here in manila for a check up. May i know where your clinic is so i can visit?

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