What Is Cervical Radiculopathy?

Cervical radiculopathy is the medical term for when a spinal disc in your neck is irritating or compressing a nerve root, causing pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm and hand. Specific neck movements, like twisting or bending, may increase the pain. This can happen because of injury or degenerative changes in the spine. The good news is that over 95% of people get well with natural healthcare like Chiropractic. 

A pinched nerve in your neck can cause a lot of pain, and it can be tempting to reach for medications to find relief. However, research shows us you may want to contact your Chiropractor before reaching for any pills. The Annals of Internal Medicine found that Chiropractic adjustments provided more pain relief than medications for people suffering from neck pain and the relief was long-lasting. The patients in the study experienced statistically significant relief up to 1 year after the initial treatment! 

Research has shown that Chiropractic is an extremely safe and effective healthcare option for treating neck pain or pinched nerves. Additionally, Chiropractors are trained to help you proactively combat neck pain and to prevent it from showing up in the first place. Ask us about some simple stretches and exercises you can perform to help improve your range of motion while keeping your discs and nerves healthy and happy. 

 

Your Arm Pain May be Coming from Your Neck

Posture = Headache?

 

Neck Pain, Posture and Headaches

You know that feeling – the one where you start to feel a headache coming on. For many people, it is a daily occurrence and often begins in the neck and shoulders. That’s right – tight muscles around your neck can result in tension headaches. What’s more, if you sit at a computer all day, your posture may also be contributing to a decreased range of motion, premature degenerative changes in your spine, and headaches – but there’s good news! There are a few simple steps you can take to help you feel less pain, increase your energy, and fend off those degenerative changes. New evidence-based guidelines strongly recommend a combination of exercise, stretching, and Chiropractic adjustments to help reduce neck pain, headaches, and muscle tension. 

Chronic neck pain can rob you of the things you love. Enjoying your hobbies, taking a few moments to relax, and time with your family can all be affected. However, neck pain and headaches don’t have to be a part of your daily life. By understanding the latest research, you can take massive action to improve your health. Check out the next steps below to find a few tips to help you take your life back from pain. 

It’s exciting that research has continued to showcase that you’re in charge of your health. Your habits and lifestyle can make a massive impact. Start reducing neck pain today by taking breaks every 45-60 minutes and stretching out your neck and shoulders. Take a brisk walk during lunch or hit the gym a few times a week to increase your activity levels. Finally, don’t forget about getting adjusted. Research proves that Chiropractic adjustments are a smart decision! 

Neck Pain Basics

Neck Pain, Posture and Headaches.pngBottom Line: Neck pain is one of the top three reasons people visit our practice. Acute neck pain and cervical radiculopathy can be debilitating. They can keep people out of work, slow down their social life and can even lead to depression.

The bottom line is that Chiropractic has been shown to be more effective than medication, extremely safe and to have high levels of patient satisfaction.

Why it Matters: Top research publications like SPINE, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics have all recently published studies supporting the use of Chiropractic adjustments for neck pain.

Recent research indicates that over 85% percent of patients who had Chiropractic care were found to have statistically and clinically significant improvement in their neck pain and radiculopathy. What about medications? Well, Chiropractic was found to be more effective in both the short and long term that pharmaceuticals.

There is no reason everyone shouldn’t make Chiropractic their first stop to find relief from neck pain. Your weekly Research That Matters handouts will help you educate, entertain, and entice your patients to share the message of Chiropractic with their friends and family.

  • Research has shown Chiropractic care to be extremely safe.
  • Of the nearly 20,000 patients examined by SPINE, none reported complications

    while receiving Chiropractic care.

  • Of people receiving adjustments, 94% reported high levels of patient satisfaction.
  • Similary, those having just received a Chiropractic adjustment reported their pain

    was reduced by up to 75%.

  • Of people receiving Chiropractic adjustments for neck pain, 85% experienced significant improvement.