Degenerative Joint Disorder
Degenerative joint disorder (aka degenerative joint disease, DJD, or osteoarthritis) is
a condition in which the smooth surfaces of a joint, designed to glide and pivot on one
another, become rough and jagged, producing boney outgrowths know as osteophytes.
Contrary to popular belief, this condition is not a normal part of the aging process!
Degeneration only occurs as a result of improper function. In joints, this is caused by a
few external factors, but mostly can be identified as the result of too much joint motion
wearing the bone away, or too little joint motion causing the bone to improperly grow.
Although DJD cannot be fully reversed, treatment can stop it from progressing and
eliminate its symptoms.
Cervical Disc Herniation
In between almost every cervical vertebra (bone) is a soft shock-absorbing disc. The
disc is made of a fibrous outer layer with a gelatinous core. Under certain circumstances,
an injury can occur to the disc that causes the gelatinous core to force a bulge out of the
fibrous outer layer. This is known as a disc herniation. Aside from causing local pain,
a bulging or herniated disc can compress the nerves coming out of your spinal cord,
leading to numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain in your extremities. Treatment involves
therapy that resorbs the herniated disc and reduces pressure from the nerves.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease (aka degenerative disc disorder or DDD) is a condition
in which the soft shock-absorbing discs in between your vertebra deteriorate. It is
commonly associated with degenerative joint disease, and similarly is not a normal part
of the aging process. Degeneration only occurs as a result of improper function. In the
disc, this is caused by a few external factors, but mostly can be identified as the result of
too much joint motion wearing the disc away, or too little joint motion causing the disc
to whither and dehydrate. Although degenerative disc disease cannot be fully reversed,
treatment can stop it from progressing and eliminate its symptoms.
Most of us are familiar with the word "whiplash". The most common cause of whiplash
is motor vehicle accidents and traumatic sports injuries in which the neck is forced into
sudden extension followed by forceful flexion. The sudden jerking motion of whiplash
causes damage and inflammation to many muscles and joint of the neck, lower back,
and even the jaw. In some cases it takes more than a year after the injury before the
chronic complications of a whiplash injury are experienced. If you are suffering from a
whiplash injury, the most critical step to insure proper recovery is immediate initiation of
Cervical Facet Syndrome
The back of every vertebra has four small joints that help guide the independent vertebra
within its range of motion. These joints are called facets. Under certain circumstances,
these facets can compress one another essentially causing a "bone bruise". Most people
experience sharp pain, muscle spasms, and limited rang of motion as a result of this kind
of injury. Although Facet Syndrome can be debilitating, curing this condition is simple
and involves chiropractic therapy and specifically prescribed exercises.
Torticollis is a unique condition in which muscles on one side of the neck undergo spasm
and cause the head to be held in a rotated and slightly tilted position. It can be associated
with pain and limited range of motion. Torticollis can be caused by something as serious
as a brain stem tumor to something as simple as sleeping wrong. If you are suffering
from torticollis, have a trained physician identify the true cause of your condition.
Muscular strains and ligamentous sprains of the neck are common, however, the pain
they cause and the limitations they endure on daily activities can be debilitating. Apply
the proper therapy to injured soft tissues can reduce injury time drastically and insure the
effects of future complications.
Radicular pain refers to pain that originates from a nerve. Radicular pain ranges from a
sharp stabbing pain to the sensation of numbness or tingling that typically goes down an
extremity. With nerve irritation, muscular weakness can even develop. The only cure to
radicular pain is to identify the source of the nerve irritation and remove it.