Neck

The neck connects the head to the shoulders using the spinal cord, multiple muscles, detailed arteries, delicate nerve canals and of course the digestive tract. It can be divided into three sections, the vertebral compartment (vertebrae and cartilage), the visceral compartment (glands and digestive tract) and the vascular compartment (arteries and veins).

Cervical Osteoarthritis

Cervical osteoarthritis is an extremely common affliction that negatively impacts many people over the age of 60. It occurs in the seven vertebrae of the neck, when protective cartilage has been eroded and broken down, leaving the bone to clash and scrape against one another inflicting discomfort and pain. This often occurs due to the natural ageing process due to the natural wear and tear on the joints, but it can also be brought on by genetics, occupational circumstances, weight and/or injury. Symptoms include a pain and stiffness in the neck, sometimes alongside nausea and dizziness too.

How is it treated?

Many treatments for mild cervical osteoarthritis will try to soothe the pain during flare-ups with rest, anti-inflammatory medications and physiotherapy. For extreme cases, surgery is available which involves removing sections of vertebrae to free up more room for the joints, preventing the bones from grinding against one another. An innovative option for eliminating this chronic condition is through regenerative therapy. It restructures and repairs the damaged cartilage on a cellular level by injecting advanced plasma-rich platelets (PRP) through state-of-the-art visual imaging to pinpoint exactly where the repairs need to take place. This is a non-invasive procedure.

Pinched Nerve

The neck is brimming with essential nerve endings that carry information up and down the spine with roots that connect deep into the vertebrae. These nerves can become trapped when travelling through damaged tissue in the neck, causing mild discomfort to acute pain, numbness, stiffness and weakness. Pinched nerves often come with age as joints and tissues deteriorate, but it can also be provoked by a herniated disc, repetitive movements, injury, obesity or arthritis.

How is it treated?

A pinched nerve in the neck can often be treated with physical therapy and physio, doing particular exercises the stretch the neck and open more room for the nerves to travel. Anti-inflammatory medications can also help medicate symptoms that with rest can help heal mild cases. Extreme cases that cause serious pain may be offered surgery to remove sections of bone, allowing more space and relieving pressure on the affected nerve endings. A non-invasive alternative is regenerative medicine that uses cutting edge technology, inserting natural plasma-rich platelets directly into the damaged nerve, repairing it on a cellular level.

Whiplash

Whiplash is caused by the sudden jerking motion of the neck moving forward then back damaging delicate tendons and ligaments. It is often caused by a car accident, but not exclusively as it can also be caused by a sports injury and other physical trauma. Depending on the severity, this results in pain, tenderness, stiffness, numbness, and a loss of movement.

How is it treated?

Whiplash is caused by the sudden jerking motion of the neck moving forward then back damaging delicate tendons and ligaments. It is often caused by a car accident, but not exclusively as it can also be caused by a sports injury and other physical trauma. Depending on the severity, this results in pain, tenderness, stiffness, numbness, and a loss of movement.

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