Growing Elderly: Degenerative disorders including spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and degenerative disc disease directly affect the back.
A standard joint disorder, osteoarthritis, causes progressive deterioration of cartilage. The body reacts by forming bone spurs that influence joint motion.
Spinal stenosis causes the little nerve passageways in the vertebrae to compress and. Stenosis can cause neck, shoulder, and arm pain, in addition to numbness, when these nerves are unable to function normally.
Degenerative disc disease can cause a reduction in height and the elasticity of intervertebral discs. Over time, a disc may bulge or herniate, causing tingling, numbness, and pain that runs to the arm.
Daily Life: Weak abdominal muscles, and bad posture, obesity often disrupt spinal equilibrium, causing the neck pain. Mental tension and anxiety can cause muscles to tighten and contract, causing pain and stiffness. Postural anxiety can contribute to chronic neck pain with symptoms extending to the arms as well as the upper back.
Throughout your visit, your doctor certainly will ask you questions about your current symptoms and treatments and your chiropractic physician will perform exams and ask questions to locate the source of your pain. For example:
- When did the pain start?
- What have you done for your neck pain?
- Does the pain radiate or go to other areas of the body?
- Is the pain reduced by anything or does anything make it worse?
In the physical examination, your chiropractic physician will detect your position, range of motion, and physical state, noticing movements that cause pain. Your doctor will examine for muscle spasm, notice spinal curvature and alignment, and will feel your spine. A test of your shoulder area can be in order. Throughout the neurological examination, your doctor will test your reflexes, muscle strength, other nerve changes, and pain spread.
An X-ray can show fractures, narrowed disc space, bone spurs, or arthritis. If nerve damage is suspected, your chiropractor may order a special test called electromyography (an EMG) to measure how quickly your nerves respond.
Chiropractors are traditional care physicians; their scope of practice doesn't include using drugs or surgery. If your chiropractor diagnoses a condition outside of this conservative extent, such as a neck fracture or an indicator of an organic disease, you will be referred to the proper medical doctor or specialist. The chiropractor might also ask for permission to notify your family doctor of the attention you are receiving to make sure that your chiropractic care and medical care are properly aligned.