Cervical dysfunction is a condition characterized by pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms in the neck. It’s a very limiting condition that can come and go seemingly at random, making it hard to diagnose and treat effectively. Many patients are even fooled into never seeking treatment, finding credence in the “wait until it gets better” method.
What causes cervical dysfunction to rear its ugly head is the subject of much debate, and there’s little concrete evidence to suggest one factor over another. Some chiropractors believe premature wear of cervical facet joints is the catalyst for dysfunction, while others contribute whiplash-like trauma to its formation. Muddled origins further serve to make diagnosis difficult, which complicates treatment for patients who genuinely have the condition.
Chiropractors trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) take a calculated approach to diagnosing cervical dysfunction. This enables them to deliver a diagnosis that both characterizes the condition and exposes its contributing factors.
Diagnosing cervical dysfunction is often hard because of its generalized symptoms – pain, tightness, stress, tension, etc. Without exploring further, general chiropractic can misdiagnose the condition. For a truly reliable and accurate diagnosis, x-rays are required. This is where CBP has the upper hand.
Radiological imaging is built directly into the CBP approach, giving chiropractors visible, tangible findings to work with in forming a diagnosis. For an erratic condition like cervical dysfunction, being able to see eroded facet joints or bulging cervical discs means ruling out common misdiagnoses in favor of a correct one.
Pinpointing contributing factors
Reviewing x-rays and collaborating with a physical assessment enables chiropractors to compile contributing factors to dysfunction. In addition to scientific findings, CBP also relies on the anecdotal accounts of patients, which can yield important information. When combined with patient history, the complete CBP process can provide unique insight into the development and persistence of cervical dysfunction:
- Radiological images that show subluxations or degeneration;
- Physical assessment with abnormal findings, such as disc translation;
- Visual observation of things like poor postural tendencies or habits;
- Anecdotal accounts of recent trauma such as untreated whiplash;
- Clinical findings of previous surgeries or genetic predispositions.
With a full picture of a patient’s spine health – including emphasis on the cervical spine – a chiropractor using the CBP approach can begin to make accurate assertions about the catalyst(s) of cervical dysfunction.
Treating cervical dysfunction
CBP does more than identify the causes of dysfunction, it also creates the blueprint for resolving them individually. For example, if subluxation and recent trauma are contributors, a CBP treatment plan may include an adjustment schedule and physiotherapeutic remedies for mobilization. If facet joint degeneration and poor posture trigger dysfunction, the tailored plan may focus on teaching proper posture and decompression therapy.
In knowing the factors, causes, and contributors to cervical dysfunction, chiropractors can better assess them at a more precise level, affecting positive change at the macro (whole body) level.
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Understanding pain is the key to resolving it, especially in complicated situations like those involving cervical dysfunction. If not treated directly, the pain can continue to dictate the way you live your life and the quality by which you live it.
Chiropractors adhering to the sequential and thorough guidelines of CBP are able to better diagnose ailments like cervical dysfunction, enabling them to treat causes and contributors to the condition better.
Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.