What to Expect from a Cervical MRI Scan

Published on January 23, 2019 in Neck Pain

What to Expect from a Cervical MRI Scan

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan uses radio waves and a strong magnet to take clear pictures of internal organs and tissue. A cervical MRI is used to examine neck and spinal cord injuries, as well as structural abnormalities such as tumors and other conditions. The 3D images generated by these scans help doctors learn more about the patient’s bone and soft tissues to help made a diagnosis.


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Popping Your Neck: Is It Bad for You?

Published on January 23, 2019 in Neck Pain

Popping Your Neck: Is It Bad for You?

Craning your neck to stare at a screen, sleeping in a strange position, sitting in a car for hours, there are multiple reasons people get the urge to crack their joints. For many, it’s satisfying to feel the crackle in their fingers, necks, and even toes after long periods of little movement or for relief from uncomfortable positions. But is popping your joints—specifically the neck—actually doing your body any good? In short, it depends.


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Anatomy of The Neck: Causes of Neck Pain and How to Manage the Pain

Published on December 4, 2018 in Neck Anatomy and Disease

Anatomy of The Neck: Causes of Neck Pain and How to Manage the Pain

In basic terms, the neck (cervical spine) joins the shoulders and chest to the head.  The neck is one of the most complex and intricate structures in our body and includes the spinal cord, which sends messages from the brain to the rest of the body. The cervical spine is responsible for several crucial roles, including protecting the spinal cord, providing support to the head, and assisting the progress of blood flow to the brain.

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Cervical Spondylosis Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Published on December 4, 2018 in Neck Anatomy and Disease

Cervical Spondylosis Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Cervical spondylosis, also referred to as cervical osteoarthritis, is a spine condition involving wear to the bones, joints, and discs of the neck.  Cervical spondylosis is most common in middle-aged and elderly individuals, as the discs of the cervical spine steadily deteriorate with age. According to the Mayo Clinic, over 85% of people older than age 60 have cervical spondylosis.

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Possible Causes of a Stiff Neck

Published on December 4, 2018 in Neck Pain

Possible Causes of a Stiff Neck

A stiff neck, which can limit your ability to move your neck or head, can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as driving or turning to say hello. Often, a stiff neck is accompanied by neck pain, headache, or pain in the arms and shoulders.

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