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Broken Neck: X-Ray Diagnosis and Treatment

Broken Neck: X-Ray Diagnosis and Treatment

Fractures in the cervical spine may occur with severe or repetitive trauma. Clay shoveler’s fracture is an avulsion fracture of the spinous process. It happens with abrupt flexion of the head, most commonly from a variety of accidents. It also occurs with stress caused by the pulling of the muscles around the thoracic and cervical spinous processes. The process breaks up and pulls on the avulsion segment from the original spinous procedure.

Clay shoveler’s fracture most frequently results in the lower cervical and upper thoracic spinous processes, namely C6, C7, and T1. Fractures and spinal avulsion can also be brought on by damage or injury as in direct blows to the neck’s base. This is a fracture that is stable and doesn’t produce any neurologic deficits. This part of the bone isn’t near nerve roots or the spinal cord, although patient’s are alarmed when they hear the term fracture or fracture in the neck.

Clay shovelers fracture derives its name from a common event among clay

Ligament Pathology with Alteration of Motion Segment Integrity

Ligament Pathology with Alteration of Motion Segment Integrity

A good read to understanding alteration of motion segment integrity (AOMSI) is the article “Biomechanical Analysis of clinical instability in the cervical spine” White, et al., Clin Ortho Relat Res, 1975;(109):85-96.

 

AOMSI is a biomechanical analysis. It’s all about numbers that have clinical meaning and significance. Threshold values have been determined that quantify without a doubt the patient has serious injury. It is a test of structural integrity of the ligaments interconnecting the motion segments. In this case, structural integrity has to do with the material properties of ligament tissue. Those properties include strength and flexibility. When a material is both strong and flexible, it’s called a semi-rigid material. Strength is related to the composition of the material. Strength might be thought of as load carrying capacity before failure.

 

Mechanism of Injury: Ligaments

 

Ligament tissue has previously been bench tested to de

The Efficacy of Chiropractic Adjustments in the Care of Migraine Headache

The Efficacy of Chiropractic Adjustments in the Care of Migraine Headache

Title: The Efficacy of Chiropractic Adjustments in the care of Migraine Headache with patients presenting with cervical disc bulge.

Abstract: Objective: To explore the efficacy of chiropractic adjustments, and non-surgical spinal decompression in the treatment of cervical spine disc conditions presenting as neck pain, migraine headache, dizziness and visual disturbances. Diagnostic studies included physical examination, computer aided range of motion, orthopedic and neurological examinations, plain film x-ray studies, brain MRI, cervical spine MRI examinations.  Treatments included specific spinal adjustments, low level laser therapy and spinal decompression.  The patient’s outcome proved excellent in reduction of neck pain, headache severity and frequency as well as elimination of dizziness and visual disturbances.

Introduction: On 11/19/13 a 37-year-old female presented for examination and treatment of neck pain, migraine h

Say Goodbye To Neck Pain!

Say Goodbye To Neck Pain!

El Paso, TX. Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez looks at stretches for neck pain.

Your neck is one of the hardest working parts of your body. It is serves us well as a source of strength and balance. When it’s out of whack, your neck can be a source of unending distress.  Let’s face it…today’s use of technology has our necks being put to use in ways it was never intended.  Did you know that looking down at your phone can sometimes exert as much pressure as the equivalent of a 40lb weight?

Unfortunately for the vast majority of people, neck pain will affect them at some point in their lives. Women are more prone to neck pain but men definitely have their fair share as well.

One Of The Reasons Our Necks Pay A Price… We Sit A Lot

Whether it is at home in front of the TV or electronics or at work in front of the

 
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