Head/Neck/Upper Back

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Head, neck or upper back pain can be caused by a number of conditions, including:

  1. Arthritis

    Arthritis is a general term meaning “joint inflammation”. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA). There are several causes for OA, such as a trauma as a child or young, adult, postural imbalance, repetitive stress, and heavy manual labor to name a few. Physio Logic is successful at treating this condition with numerous conservative treatment options.

  2. Disc herniation/bulge

    A herniated or bulging disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine.

    A spinal disc is a little like a jelly doughnut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disc or a ruptured disc, a herniated disc occurs when some of the softer “jelly” pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior. A herniated disc can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an extremity.

  3. Joint Pain/Dysfunction

    Joint pain is discomfort that arises from any joint — the point where two or more bones meet. Joint pain is sometimes called arthritis or arthralgia. Joint pain can be mild, causing some soreness each time you move your joint. Or joint pain can be severe, making it impossible to use your joint.

  4. Ligament Sprain

    A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together in your joints.

  5. Muscle Sprain

    A strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon. A tendon is a fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones.

  6. Pinched Nerve

    A pinched nerve occurs when there is “compression” (pressure) on a nerve. The pressure may be the result of repetitive motions. Or it may happen from holding your body in one position for long periods, such as keeping elbows bent while sleeping.

  7. Tendinitis

    Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon — any one of the thick fibrous cords that attaches muscle to bone. The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint.

  8. TMJ Dysfunction

    Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.

    Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it, accompanied by pain, are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck — like from a heavy blow or whiplash – can lead to TMD. Other causes include: grinding or clenching your teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint; movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint; arthritis in the joint; or stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth.

  9. Cervicogenic Headache & Dizziness

    Cervicogenic headache is one of the most unusual headache disorders because the pain truly isn’t in the head. Cervicogenic headache is referred pain (pain perceived as occurring in a part of the body other than its true source) perceived in the head from a source in the neck. In the case of cervicogenic headache, the pain is referred from bony structures or soft tissues in the neck. Cervicogenic dizziness is a disabling condition characterised by postural unsteadiness that is aggravated by cervical spine movements and associated with a painful and/or stiff neck.

  10. Pre- and post-surgical rehab (spinal fusion, discectomy, laminectomy, etc.)