Cervical Instability: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

It's easy for cervical instability to creep into our lives and become a prominent reason for the aches and pains you are experiencing. With the increase in smartphone use, computers, and other technology devices, neck pain has become more common among men and women.

What exactly is cervical instability?

Cervical instability is more than a condition. For those with cervical instability, the cervical vertebrae can move beyond their normal limits due to stretched and loose ligaments. When that occurs, the cervical spine can no longer work as it should, not allowing you to move and twist and turn comfortably.

The strain on the ligaments sometimes results in symptoms such as headaches, fainting, or even memory loss. Having those lax ligaments can result in chronic pain and affect specific body parts or the entire body.

What causes cervical instability?

Cervical instability has numerous potential causes, like so many other orthopedic problems.

The most common reasons for cervical instability include:

Trauma: Traumatic events like a car crash or injury can cause cervical instability on the spine over time. Often patients who experience cervical instability have experienced whiplash during a car accident or have some sort of disruption and trauma that overextended joints and ligaments.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): When having RA or similar arthritis conditions, the joints progressively deteriorate and affect the joints that connect to your vertebrae. Ultimately leading to cervical instability.

Genetic Disorders or Syndromes: Cervical instability is associated with other conditions and syndromes such as down syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos.

What are the symptoms of cervical instability?

When trying to understand what's causing your pain and if you are concerned you may have cervical instability, looking at key signs and symptoms can help you better understand your condition.

Symptoms of cervical instability include:

  • Inability to hold up the head for an extended period
  • Upper neck pain in or around the skull
  • Pain in the shoulders
  • The feeling of a heavy head
  • Tightness or stiffness in the neck
  • Tenderness or Headaches
  • Shaking or unstable feeling in the neck or head
  • Experiencing dizziness or imbalance

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed, it may be related to cervical instability. It's best to be evaluated by a qualified and experienced physician.

How is cervical instability diagnosed?

There are several tools and techniques to help diagnose cervical instability and diagnose clinically by assessing the patient's symptoms and medical history. In some instances, medical professionals will perform imaging studies to properly diagnose specific pains so you can seek further treatment.

Treatments and Prevention

To prevent and treat cervical instability, it's best to have regular visits to a chiropractor. Chiropractic care is a common and effective way to treat headaches, poor posture, and spinal misalignments, which are common symptoms when you are facing cervical instability.

Upper cervical chiropractic care can essentially correct cervical instability. Spinal chiropractic manipulative therapy can correct cervical instability," joint disorders, dislocations of cervical vertebrae, and MORE importantly  Chiropractic adjustments are a safe and effective solution for symptoms and pain caused by cervical instability.

Cervical instability is often underdiagnosed. If you are experiencing any symptoms of cervical instability, contact your chiropractor right away.

This is manageable and highly treatable. You don't have to live with pain and discomfort. Find long-lasting pain relief and restore brain-body balance at the Atlas Orthogonal Clinic in Asheville.

Atlas specializes in care for complex upper cervical conditions. Our patients struggle with their health over the years often because they don't know what's wrong or are usually provided with short-term relief for the pain. We focus on treating the root cause of the pain you are experiencing by treating the misalignment of the bone and vertebra.

Correcting these distortions requires specialized diagnostics and treatment protocols that aren't widely practiced—or even known about—in mainstream medicine or traditional chiropractic care.

If you've ever been told that nothing can be done, you'll have to "learn to live with it," or that medication and surgery are your only options, make an appointment at Atlas Chiropractic, ou where we expect you will find results you are looking for ????

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