Neck pain is often related to a part of the body that we spend little time thinking about—our nerves. They play a vital role in health and send messages to and from every part of the body. The brainstem, located where the skull meets the neck, is a key part of this internal information highway in the body. Disruptions of this delicate system can cause various neurological issues, problems with the ears, and pain.
One person who has really pioneered the connection between neck problems and overall health is Dr. Michael Burcon. His findings include the fact that subluxations of the upper spine caused by whiplash or other injuries can actually result in things like lesions on the Eustachian tubes that lead to chronic ear issues and vertigo.
Sometimes these injuries take years to surface. Even the initial pain of the injury may be long gone when other symptoms arise. Sometimes there was no neck pain to begin with, but then neck problems begin 15 or more years later.
Just because the damage occurred years ago doesn’t mean it is too late to try and find relief. Some people may experience neck pain and not even acknowledge something like a car accident from 15 years ago in their patient history. I want to encourage you to include everything in your patient history and let your health care provider determine what is relevant.
For example, at Advanced Spinal Care, we take a history of head or neck trauma seriously, even if the injury was a long time ago and maybe not even that severe. That pain you feel today may still be related, and diagnostic imaging can often reveal if an injury is old or recent. Either way, a specific adjustment to your upper neck ay be exactly what you need to resolve that neck pain.
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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/