Our Peoria Chiropractic Clinic knows that cervical pain can be a real pain in the neck. Consider the fact that the cervical spine, consisting of only seven vertebrae, referred to as C1-7, is responsible for supporting your head, which on average can weigh anywhere from 8-12 pounds. That’s a lot of weight to hold. The cervical spine starts just below the skull and ends just above the thoracic spine.
As you can image, the cervical spine has much more mobility than the thoracic or lumbar regions of the spine. Unlike the thoracic or lumbar regions of the spine, the cervical spine has transverse foramina in each vertebra for the vertebral arteries that supply blood to the brain. The cervical spine functions to provide mobility and stability to the head while connecting it to the relatively immobile thoracic spine. Think about all the directions and angles you can turn your neck. No other region of the spine is more mobile or more prone to injury.
When our Peoria Chiropractic Clinic measures the mobility in the neck we measure through range-of-motion testing that includes three distinct tests:
- Flexion – measured by ability to touch chin to chest
- Extension – measured by tilting your head backwards
- Lateral flexion – your ability to touch each ear to your shoulder
Many different types of injuries are responsible for restricting the range of motion and causing neck pain. Some of these different types of injuries include degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease that occur as a direct result of the aging process. Whiplash from car accidents is another common injury we see in our clinic. Poor posture and obesity also cause neck pain.
If you, or someone you know, are suffering from neck pain, call our Peoria Chiropractic Clinic today at 309-693-9200 and start living pain free.