Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Neck Pain, Cervical Spine Disease And Upper Cervical Care: A Patient's Perspective

Upper cervical care neck pain and cervical spine disease
For more than 3 1/2 years I suffered from pain and popping in my neck. The pain level was a constant level of 6-8. I believe I sustained an injury while handling/planting a large tree by myself. I was in a car accident more than 20 years ago that caused injury to the muscles in my neck and made the upper cervical area curve outward, but I recovered from it and had no other symptoms. I believe handling the tree aggravated the old injury and/or misaligned the atlas bone.

I was diagnosed, by chance, with "cervical spine disease" when I received a CT scan to look for something else. I asked for a referral from my doctor and was told that there is nothing that can be done. Over the 3 1/2 years, during routine exams, I mentioned the condition to another doctor and physician's assistant and they both didn't really acknowledge my concern. They didn't try to help me at all. I was frustrated. I did research online; which explained the condition, but really didn't offer any treatment. So, I lived with the discomfort and took ibuprofen when I was really uncomfortable. I don't like to take meds of any kind. I thought an upper cervical chiropractor would probably be able to help me, but I have never been to one.

One of my co-workers knew of my condition and told me her Upper Cervical Health Care Specialist, Dr. Blom, was having a patient appreciation day and I should call for a consultation. I called, made an appointment got interviewed and examined. At the next appointment the results and treatment plan were reviewed and I was adjusted for the first time in my life. The relief from the pain was instant. Since that first adjustment my discomfort level has never been over a 2. Lately it has been below a 1. Dr. Blom is great about explaining "in laymen’s terms" how the misalignment affects your body. I like understanding what is happening and why. Now I have no discomfort and worry 99% less about my condition, because I know it will correct itself with continued care from Dr. Blom. I feel so much better and have more energy.

-Denise Jaco

(Editor's note: Remember the objective of upper cervical care is to correct head neck misalignment that is interfering with proper brain to body communication. When this is corrected the body functions at a higher level and can often correct other problems more efficiently on its own. Please do not confuse upper cervical care as a treatment for any condition, disease or symptom.)

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