Upper neck instability refers to an excessive movement of the vertebrae in the neck due to ligament injuries caused by trauma. When these vertebrae move beyond their normal range, the muscles attached to them get stretched more than they should, leading to involuntary contractions. This over-activity of the muscles results in pain, weakness, stiffness, and trigger points, which are universally recognized as pain generators.
Trigger points can be relieved through various approaches, both invasive and non-invasive. Regular and diligent self-treatment, such as using a device to target trigger points, can provide relief. However, the specific muscles to be treated should be determined through a detailed motion X-ray examination of the neck, especially in the case of upper cervical instability. Identifying and treating the precise areas of instability can lead to significant results with less effort. Proper diagnosis of upper cervical instability is crucial in order to receive the most effective treatment, whether at home or in a clinical setting.
As a head and neck injury specialist, I treat a wide range of injuries and conditions that affect the head and neck region. This includes injuries resulting from accidents, sports activities, falls, trauma, and various medical conditions. Some common head and neck injuries I address include concussions, whiplash, fractures, soft tissue injuries, nerve damage, and neck sprains. My expertise extends to diagnosing, treating, and managing these injuries to promote optimal recovery and improve the overall well-being of my patients.
Treatment options for head and neck injuries vary depending on the specific injury and its severity. Non-surgical approaches are commonly employed, such as rest, pain management techniques, physical therapy, rehabilitative exercises, and the use of orthotic devices or supports. Treatment plans are personalized to the individual, considering factors like the type and severity of the injury, overall health, and recovery goals. The aim is to provide comprehensive care and facilitate healing and recovery.