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Category: Head and Neck

Herniated or Bulging Disc

February 11th, 2016

What is Herniated or Bulging Disc? A disc is a jelly like, fluid filled sac that acts as a cushion between the bones of your neck (vertebrae). Your discs change as you age, drying out and becoming more brittle. In addition, as the discs dry out with age, the change in height between the vertebrae

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Vertigo and Dizziness

February 11th, 2016

About Vertigo Vertigo and dizziness can be the result of a variety of different factors. Vertigo or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) can occur because of calcium crystals that form in the inner ear labyrinth canals. These canals give feedback about balance to your brain. About Dizziness Dizziness can occur for a variety of reasons,

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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD or TMJ)

February 11th, 2016

About Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) describes the problems that may occur at the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint is where your jaw bone attaches to the skull. It is a complex joint that has to slide forward and drop down in order for your jaw to open. It moves thousands of

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Degenerative Disc Disease

February 11th, 2016

What is Degenerative Disc Disease? As a normal part of the aging process, the fluid filled discs between our neck bones (vertebrae) dry out and shrink. However, in some individuals, this can be excessive, leading to a severe loss of height in one or more sections of the neck. This loss of height can increase

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Arthritis and Stenosis

February 11th, 2016

What is Arthritis and Stenosis? As we age, we use our neck joints and muscles thousands of times a day. This wear and tear over time can lead to bony changes in the joints and bones (vertebrae) of the neck. These bony changes, along with poor posture, cause spurs of bone that can rub and

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Poor Posture and Forward Head Syndrome

February 11th, 2016

What is Forward Head Syndrome? Forward head syndrome is extremely common in today's society and describes a condition where, due to changes in posture, the head juts forward actually shortening the neck. This can be mild or severe and is affected by different factors such as type of work, age, arthritis and genetic factors. Due

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Radiating pain

February 11th, 2016

What is Radiating Pain? If you are experiencing radiating pain to the shoulder, arm and even hands, the source of your trouble could be your neck or “cervical spine”. The nerves that supply sensation and movement travel from your neck down your arms. These nerves exit from your spine on both sides supplying the left

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Headaches and Migraines

February 11th, 2016

Headaches and Migraines Over 45 million Americans suffer from headaches. There are many different types of headaches and migraines from tension headaches, temporal headaches, cluster headaches, migraines and sinus headaches. While there are many different “triggers” such as alcohol, chocolate, scents and other factors for headaches and migraines, most suffers do have some underlying neck

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Whiplash

February 11th, 2016

What is Whiplash? Whiplash can occur with many different accidents, but is often seen in motor vehicle accidents. The weight of the head and spine is whipped back and forth with the fast movement of an accident or fall. The muscles in the neck don't have time to react and the harsh forces, strain, rip

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Neck Pain

February 11th, 2016

Neck Pain There are many different reasons for neck pain. The neck requires good alignment, proper movement, strength and stability to work correctly. The neck or cervical spine has to bear the weight of the head, which is around 10-12lbs (the weight of a bowling ball). With injury or prolonged poor posture (for example sitting

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