Educate Yourself!

At Southeastern Spine Center, we philosophically believe that education is an integral part of the plan of care for our patients. Understanding their condition and treatment options is key for patients to make an informed decision for their road to recovery. Below is some basic information about commonly treated conditions. You may also view our Helpful Links page for additional resources.

Whiplash: An injury of the soft tissues of the neck, usually caused by sudden extension (backward movement) and flexion (forward movement) of the neck which often occurs as the result of a rear-end car crash. If the whiplash is severe, injuries can also occur to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots.

Cervical Spondylosis (Neck Osteoarthritis): Chronic degeneration of the vertebrae in the cervical region of the spine, as well as the discs between the vertebrae, is known as Cervical Spondylosis, or Neck Osteoarthritis. Neck Osteoarthritis typically affects men and women over 40 and progressively worsens with age.

The changes caused by degeneration of the cervical spine region can compress one or more nerve roots. The compression of nerves can not only cause pain in the neck, but also pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling in the arm. While a past neck injury can lead to neck osteoarthritis years later, aging is the major risk factor or cause of neck osteoarthritis.

Cervical Radiculopathy: In Cervical radiculopathy the nerves that extend out from between the cervical vertebrae provide sensation and trigger movement in these areas, this condition is called cervical radiculopathy (ra-dic-you-lop’-a-thee). This is a dysfunction or iritation of a nerve root of the cervical spine. It can cause pain, numbnes,
and weakness in the neck as well as down the arm.