Neck pain is a common condition and, according to the CDC, the second most prevalent non-arthritic joint pain. At Summit Integrated Health, we understand the challenges of living with neck pain and offer comprehensive multidisciplinary care to help our patients find relief and improve their quality of life.
The Cervical Spine Anatomy
The cervical spine comprises seven vertebrae, starting from the base of the skull and ending at the top of the thoracic spine. The vertebrae are separated by intervertebral discs that provide cushioning and movement. The spinal cord runs through a central canal in the cervical spine and branches off into nerves that control sensation and movement in the arms and hands. Dysfunction in any of these structures can lead to neck pain.
What is Neck Pain?
Neck pain is a common condition that can range from mild discomfort to severe, debilitating pain. It can be acute, which means it comes on suddenly and lasts for a short period, or chronic, which persists for over three months. Neck pain can be caused by various factors, including poor posture, injury, degenerative changes, and nerve compression. The symptoms of neck pain include pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, headaches, and radiating pain to the arms or shoulders.
Diagnosing The Root Cause of Neck Pain
Diagnosing the root cause of neck pain can involve physical exams, imaging tests, and medical history review. During a physical exam, a healthcare professional will evaluate the range of motion in the neck, check for any tender or swollen areas, and assess the strength and sensation in the arms and hands. Imaging tests like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans can provide detailed information about the cervical spine and identify structural abnormalities.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you’re experiencing neck pain, Summit Integrated Health can help. Our team of healthcare professionals is committed to providing comprehensive, personalized care to help our patients find relief and improve their quality of life. We also offer same-day appointments for various orthopedic and regenerative treatments, including chiropractic care and PRP therapy. Don’t let neck pain hold you back – contact us to schedule your consultation in Las Vegas.