Neck problems may be caused by poor posture on the sofa, too many hours working at the computer, inadequate pillows, injuries caused by accidents, and even if we spend a lot of time sitting. These problems come from the cervical vertebrae.
Cervical nerves exit the cervical spine at each level (C1 - C7). Nerves in the neck exit above the designated vertebral level at all levels except the last one (C8 exits below the C7 vertebra), and then branch out to supply muscles that enable the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers to function. They also carry sensory fibers to the skin and muscles that provide sensation.
When any nerve root in the cervical spine is irritated through compression or inflammation, the symptoms can radiate along that nerve's pathway into the arm and hand.
The patient's specific cervical radiculopathy symptoms will depend primarily on which nerve is affected.
After the initial examination, Dr. Puig will adjust the specific affected cervical vertebrae to remove pressure from pinched nerves and reposition the vertebrae in their correct position. Chiropractic treatment will also improve mobility and muscle relaxation.
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