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I went to a chiropractor because of severe headaches and his x-ray showed that i have a reverse neck curve (cervical spine). What treatment should i receive for this? Will adjustments by the chiropractor help?

I went to a chiropractor because of severe headaches and his x-ray showed that i have a reverse neck curve (cervical spine). What treatment should i receive for this? Will adjustments by the chiropractor help?

Be very careful: Severe headaches may have no relationship to the chiropractor's X rays and may be "migraine" in cause. Some chiropractors massage base of Greater Occipital Nerves bilaterally, which may actually help, but I would NOT recommend high velocity, high amplitude neck manipulations, as there is risk of stroke or spinal cord injury. See instead, a neurologist first. ...Read more

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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


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What are treatments for cervical spine uncinate spurring?

What are treatments for cervical spine uncinate spurring?

Depends on Symptoms: This describes a finding on an x-ray that is associated with degenerative changes. Treatment should be based on symptoms. Neck pain with underlying degenerative findings is typically treated initially with over the counter medications, stretching, heat. If not responsive then formal physical therapy is often the first prescribed treatment. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy help a reverse curvature in my cervical spine?

Probably not: But it an help with the symptoms you may be having as a result of this. Cervical traction and physical therapy can help with the neck pain along with nerve root impingement in many cases before surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Will physical therapy help a reverse curvature in a cervical spine?

Will physical therapy help a reverse curvature in a cervical spine?

It depends...: The cervical spine can appear more straight on x-ray if a patient is having neck pain. This is caused by muscle spasms and how a patient might hold their neck when in pain. Physical therapy can help this by relieving the neck pain. However, if a patient has a reverse curvature of their spine from abnormalities in their cervical discs or bones, this will not be corrected by physical therapy. ...Read more

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What kind of physical therapy should I do for cervical spine nerve damage?

What kind of physical therapy should I do for cervical spine nerve damage?

What kind/level?: First see a rehab doctor or neurologist to be sure physical therapy won't be dangerous. If it isn't serious you are likely to need strengthening of any affected muscles with neck and arm range of motion. Cervical traction is useful for some disc ruptures. Again see the doctor first. You might have something that could cause paraplegia or a tumor or a disc needing surgery or epidural injections. ...Read more

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How to cure cervical spine fracture ?

Depends on the type : Of fracture. Could range from doing nothing, wearing a soft collar, wearing a hard collar, surgery. See your spine surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the treatment for reversed cervical spine?

By itself , there is: Nothing to worry about. It can be just related to degenerative changes and you may have no neck related symptoms or it could be related to some cervical spinal stenosis which may or may not cause symptoms or it may reflect muscle spasm due to a neck strain or disc herniation which most resolve and the neck reverts to normal posture. So you would treat the cause if there are those symptoms. ...Read more

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Treatment of disalignment of cervical spine?

Treatment of disalignment of cervical spine?

If no pain no worry: If no symptoms in terms of pain or neurologic symptoms or findings, don't worry unless physician believes that the spine has an instability then you would need surgery. Otherwise, the spine can change its alignment due to degeneration or due to muscular issues or even related to disc herniation or spinal stenosis. If those are causing symptoms you treat them, not how the spine lines up ! ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more