Anatomy and Structure
The neck, also known as the cervical spine, consists of 37 joints. Wow. That is a great deal of information for a neck specialist to know. This extensive joint structure allow for the greatest amount of motion than any other location in the spine. This large amount of motion in the neck is needed to carry out various activities of daily living: checking your blind spot when driving your car, tracking a soccer ball through the air, or watching your kids run up and down the basketball court.
To allow for these tasks, the neck must be ready to provide quick and stable motions. These motions allow for proper positioning for the eyes and for the vestibular system (inner ear responsible for balance).
The structure of the spine in the neck is also designed to provide protection to very important structures: specifically the spinal cord and arteries of the neck. With that said, when a structure is more designed for mobility, it is more susceptible to direct trauma (contact injuries) or indirect trauma (whiplash following car accident, sports injuries, etc.)
Why Does My Neck Hurt?
In the younger population, cervical pathology is most commonly due to a ligament sprain or muscle strain, whereas in the older population cervical injuries are more commonly due to cervical spondylosis and/or spinal stenosis (Dutton, 2012). Due to the complexity of this area, be sure that your healthcare provider has adequate experience handling neck issues and has provided adequate amount of time to address all possible signs and symptom of your current symptoms. To read up on more causes of neck stiffness, take a look at our blog titled, 8 neck exercises that will make your neck stiffness disappear.
Neck Pain Specialist
Here at Glackin Physiotherapy, LLC, we specialize in treating neck injuries conservatively. Conservatively means without surgery and without additional medication. A number of conditions we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Cervical Stenosis
- Nerve root impingement
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Forward Head Posture
Reach out to inquire how Glackin Physiotherapy, LLC see can help your condition!
Dutton, M. (2012). Dutton’s Orthopaedic examination, evaluation, and intervention (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Medical.