Neck Arthritis, Whiplash and Chiropractic

One of the most common conditions in the Chiropractic practice is degenerative changes of the joints of the neck. Arthritis or osteoarthritis is a condition in which the joints become enlarged and roughened. Osteoarthritis of the joints of the neck may be similar to the roughening and enlargement of the joints of the hand seen in some people with osteoarthritis of the hand. Osteoarthritis of the joints of the neck may cause pain in the arm and neck. Neck and arm pain are some of the most common conditions that cause people to seek the care of a Chiropractor. It has been estimated that osteoarthritis is the most common cause of pain in the arm. Osteoarthritis may cause spurring of the joints of the neck and narrowing of joint spaces. Enlargement of the joints may impinge on the nerves as well by closing down the small holes in which the nerves depart the spinal column (neural foramen). People suffering a whiplash injury who have some degree of osteoarthritis of the neck often have much worse problems with a whiplash than those with relatively normal joints.
One important note about arthritis changes of the spine is that there is very little correlation with degenerative changes of the neck (arthritis) and complaints of pain. In other words someone may have advanced arthritis of the neck and have little pain and someone may have a normal level of arthritis and have lots of problems from a whiplash or headaches.
Chiropractors provide most of the care to persons suffering from whiplash. Injury to the joints often causes a lack of motion in the joints which may lead to later arthritis. Chiropractic adjustments restore the normal motion to joints and theoretically prevent joint degeneration.
Athritis causing spur formation usually occurs in the joints of the lower cervical spine. Spurring of the joints of the lower spine may cause pain in the arm.
Degenerating discs in the neck are a common condition in men. The degeneration of discs often occurs first in the neck and later in the lumbar spine. Usually the discs of the lower part of the neck are effected first. The lower part of the neck is usually the part of the neck effected most in a whiplash.
Dr. Tom Etter is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has over ten years of Chiropractic experience treating back pain, neck pain, whiplash and sports injury. Dr. Etter’s practice serves the area of Olathe, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas.

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I help people through chiropractic care and acupuncture.
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