At City of London Neck Pain Clinic our vision is to reduce the impact of Neck pain by supporting sufferers and promoting education whilst providing a diagnosis and treatment.
Neck Pain is a common condition that can often be attributed to lifestyle factors – working at a computer for long periods, driving for considerable periods, as well as bending, lifting and reaching as part of your daily work routine. All these activities contribute to our increasingly sedentary lifestyle. The good news is that together with the expert team at Health Plus Clinics you can begin your road to recovery with safe and effective treatment.
The Neck or Cervical Spine is a complex structure consisting of:
The cervical spine is made up of 7 vertebrae. The first 2, C1 and C2, are highly specialized and are given unique names: atlas and axis, respectively. C3-C7 are more classic vertebrae, having a body, pedicles, laminae, spinous processes, and facet joints.
C1 and C2 form a unique set of joints that provide a great degree of mobility for the skull. C1 serves as a ring or washer that the skull rests upon and articulates in a pivot joint with the dens or odontoid process of C2. Approximately 50% of flexion extension of the neck happens between the occiput and C1; 50% of the rotation of the neck happens between C1 and C2.
The cervical spine is much more mobile than the thoracic or lumbar regions of the spine. Unlike the other parts of the spine, the cervical spine has transverse foramina in each vertebra for the vertebral arteries that supply blood to the brain.
Intervertebral discs are located between the vertebral bodies of C2-C7. They serve as force dissipators, transmitting compressive loads throughout a range of motion. The discs are thicker anteriorly and therefore contribute to normal cervical lordosis. The intervertebral discs are involved in cervical spine motion, stability, and weight-bearing. Interverebral discs in the neck are vulnerable to injury by rotation force.
In the majority of cases, the cause of Neck pain can be linked to the way that the bones, muscles and ligaments in the Neck work together. Neck pain can come on suddenly or gradually, and is sometimes the direct result of a fall or injury. The complex structure of your Neck means that even small amounts of damage to any part of the neck region can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.
If you experience Neck pain, timely access to expert advice can prevent chronic Neck pain and in doing so reduce the negative impact these chronic conditions can have on your work, lifestyle and everyday activities. When suffering with Neck pain the key to success is to form a correct diagnosis and develop a treatment plan best suited to provide relief. Should a diagnosis not be possible from history and examination, Health Plus Clinics have established referral processes to MRI, CT and x-ray departments to provide the diagnostic evaluations required to direct treatment.
Please be aware that if you have any of the following symptoms, you should contact your chiropractor, physiotherapist, GP or consultant immediately:
- You feel generally unwell, such as if you have a fever/night sweats as well as severe pain
- You lose control of your bladder or bowel
- Dizziness associated with neck pain
- Unusual swellings in the neck
- Both legs feel weak
- You feel unsteady on your feet
If further information is requested regarding your case and whether City of London Neck Pain Clinics can help, please contact the clinic on 0800 043 7103.