Severna Park Cervical Spine Motion, Osteophytes, and Agings Effect

Aging gets blamed for a lot of ills…including neck motion changes. You’re not alone if you realize that you don’t rotate your head quite as effortlessly or as far as you used to or that you don’t flex or extend it like you once did. Degenerative discs and vertebrae and companion osteophytes play a role in limiting movement. Back And Neck Care Center is ready to help your neck movements with gentle chiropractic treatment!

CERVICAL SPINE MOTION

Physiological motion of the spine has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It does! In the cervical spine, researchers have noted how a consistent sequence of cervical segmental contributions work when the neck moves. This sequence is typical in 80-90% of young healthy persons. But what about the motions in older persons with aging spines? Decreased movement has been connected to aging. A recent study by some curious researchers set out to determine if such consistent neck motions in elderly asymptomatic persons resembled the motions in asymptomatic young persons. They didn’t. They concluded that aging - as demonstrated by the motion patterns seen in elderly asymptomatic persons - was linked to a loss of consistent motion patterns that were seen in young asymptomatic persons. For example, the consistent pattern in young asymptomatic persons was found in only 10% of the older persons at T1 and 0% at T2. (1) As our Severna Park chiropractic friends and family age along with us, we’re not alone in feeling motion changes. Back And Neck Care Center delivers gentle Cox® Technic treatment in order to bring as much movement to spinal segments as they’ll allow. If you notice limitations in your neck motions, let us know! We can examine you to find the usual sources that may be the cause.

WHAT COMES WITH AGING THAT LIMITS NECK MOTION: Osteophytes

Osteophytes are frequently seen in vertebral bones of the cervical and lumbar spines of elderly folks. Anterior osteophytes continue developing and eventually produce neck pain or back pain. Since osteophytes are so usual and lead to such pain, researchers determined a way to predict the mean time to onset of pain and the course of degeneration that happens in these vertebrae based on information from following patients’ osteophytes for 9 years. (2) We know our Severna Park chiropractic patients with osteophytes are not as curious as to how long ago their osteophytes started, but rather how our chiropractic care can help! Here is an interesting case involving osteophytes and relieving chiropractic care: Osteophytes may contribute to patients’ developing dysphagia (aka difficulty with swallowing).  A case report detailed the presentation of a 53-year-old woman with a sore throat, difficulty swallowing solid foods, and acid reflux. Her imaging showed anterior osteophytes as well as kyphosis (abnormal curvature) of her cervical spine and thoracolumbar scoliosis, any of which could contribute to her dysphagia. Six months of chiropractic care relieved her issues. (3) Chiropractic care works!

CONTACT Back And Neck Care Center

Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Shay Corbin on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the effectiveness and gentleness of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his musician patient dealing with neck and back pain.       

Schedule your next Severna Park chiropractic appointment with Back And Neck Care Center. Bring your aging spine, your less-than-flexible cervical spine, your immobile neck to our clinic. We can work toward improved motion!

 
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