Pain associated with the cervical spine (neck) can be felt anywhere from the base of the skull down through the tops of the shoulders, into the upper arms or into the shoulder blade area.
Localized pain is usually an earlier sign of a minimal injury while pain into the shoulders, arms or upper back is more or a sign that your injury is more severe.
These types of injuries greatly affect the neck or cervical region of the spine since the abrupt start and stop of motion usually involves the cervical musculature being forced beyond what it can handle as it tries to control that 8 pound weight known as your head from hitting something.
This force causes an abundance of micro-tears in the musculature that need to go through a 7-14 day healing process first. This is the time frame in which the body heals underlying damage to joints and cartilage from the accident. While this is happening, the muscles in your neck are very tense, resulting in the formation of fibrous adhesion.
This is when you feel very stiff and have a hard time turning or moving your neck in any direction. This adhesion needs to be removed at a later time, after the healing process has occurred.
Accumulative / Repetitive motion
This type of injury is from doing the same activity, or holding the same position, for a long time over and over again on a daily basis. People that work at a desk or computer for majority of their day are usually holding their head in one position with little movement causing the same muscles to remain tight and active for extensive hours of each day. To learn more about neck pain from office work, see our “Neck Pain” page.
Electricians, for instance, are another group of people that suffer from this type of injury as a greater part of their job requires them to look up towards the ceiling for extended periods of time.
The length of time a muscle is turned on or active is directly related to the amount of adhesion that accumulates. As a muscle contracts, blood is restricted from that structure for a period of time.
Since blood carries oxygen, this means this action directly results in a lesser amount of oxygen being delivered to these structures of the neck. When there is a state of hypoxia (absence of oxygen) the body naturally produces adhesions.
This process is as common as the plaque that develops on your teeth. As a matter of fact we sometimes call it muscle plaque just to make it easier for patients to understand.
Our treatments are the most effective treatments at removing adhesion in today’s day and age. We take great pride in staying at the forefront of all manual therapy techniques to make sure we offer the best solution to your pain.
To have your cervical (neck) pain treated by Orchard Park chiropractor Dr. Zelasko, please call us at (716) 677-5525.