We will begin with a thorough examination, including questions about your pain and its source, as well as what you have tried to alleviate it thus far. Dr. Aboudib will observe your posture, your range of motion and your general physical condition. He’ll feel your spine, noting its shape and alignment, and check for muscle spasms. Shoulders and arms are an integral part of a neck exam as well.
A neurological exam will involve your reflexes, muscle strength, nerve changes and the scope of the pain. Other tests, such as X-rays or a CT scan, may be ordered. Imaging can show whether there are disc problems, bone spurs or arthritis.
An adjustment, also called cervical manipulation, may be the next course of action. The joints of the neck are adjusted to increase mobility. Patients quickly notice a wider range of motion and decreased pain.
Treatment also can include spinal decompression of the pinched nerves. To get the pressure off the neck exercises and clinical massage. Muscles of the neck physical conditioning. Sometimes simple traction devices are needed.