Cervical Strains and Herniations

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Information On Cervical Sprains and Herniations

Cervical Strains are a condition that affect many people. These strains can range from minor muscle weakness coupled with postural discomfort to severe neurologic impairment and radiating pain. One of the primary injury mechanisms is whiplash.

Cervical Strains are usually managed through Physical Therapy, Chiropractic care and medication, or a combination of the three. Massage Therapy also has proven to be beneficial in the treatment of these strains. It is important in the case of cervical strains to not simply try to “stretch it out”. It is important to add stability to the musculature as the muscles of the cervical spine are small. These muscles hold our head erect, stabilize the cervical spine and shoulder girdle when using the upper extremities and so any increased mobility must be coupled with muscular control and stability to prevent injury.

Cervical disc herniation usually result in numbness/tingling, motor weakness and pain. The most common section of the cervical spine to herniate is the C5-C6 and the C6-C7. Herniations occur in approximately eight percent of the population. A reduction in the space located within the vertebral foramen causes compression of nerve roots leading to neurological symptoms. People suffering from a cervical herniation may feel pain when writing, lifting and upper extremity activities.

It I important that both strains and herniations be addressed through proper care including Physiotherapy, Chiropractic care, Massage Therapy and medical intervention. To prevent further injury activities that increase radiating pain should be eliminated.

The following are symptoms of a herniated disc[i]

  • C4 – C5 (C5 nerve root) – Can cause weakness in the deltoid muscle in the upper arm. Does not usually cause numbness or tingling. Can cause shoulder pain.
  • C5 – C6 (C6 nerve root) – Can cause weakness in the biceps (muscles in the front of the upper arms) and wrist extensor muscles. Numbness and tingling along with pain can radiate to the thumb side of the hand. This is one of the most common levels for a cervical disc herniation to occur.
  • C6 – C7 (C7 nerve root) – Can cause weakness in the triceps (muscles in the back of the upper arm and extending to the forearm) and the finger extensor muscles. Numbness and tingling along with pain can radiate down the triceps and into the middle finger. This is also one of the most common levels for a cervical disc herniation .
  • C7 – T1 (C8 nerve root) – Can cause weakness with handgrip. Numbness and tingling and pain can radiate down the arm to the little finger side of hand.

Pure Body Balance Health and Fitness has several practitioners capable of treating herniation’s including Bob Jacobsen, and Dr. Jerome Fryer. Through effective treatment practitioners can relieve pain, improve function and guide you through your recovery. Following treatment a Post Rehabilitation Program can help you further strengthen the surrounding musculature, enhancing your functional capacity. If you have any questions or would like to speak with us regarding any symptoms you may have, please contact us.

To Your Health,




Keegan Marshall CPT, CES


[i] http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/herniated-disc/cervical-herniated-disc-symptoms-and-treatment-options
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