What is Cervical Segmental Joint Dysfunction?

Cervical Segmental Joint Dysfunction is the term used to describe a number of cervical joint injuries that affect the function of the cervical spine with or without pain. The cervical spine (neck) begins at the base of the skull and is made up of seven vertebrae (spinal bones) labelled C1-7 which connect to the thoracic spine (upper back).

Dysfunction to the neck vertebras can include traumatic, biomechanical, hormonal, inflammatory or degenerative joint disease. These injuries may cause hypomobility (less movement) or hypermobility (more movement). Cervical Segmental Joint Dysfunction can occur in a number of ways, for instance, a car accident, fall, sudden jar, or trauma.

This altered function can cause further problems with the surrounding joints, muscles and ligaments resulting in cervical pain, headaches, jaw pain, shoulder pain, upper limb pain and upper back pain. Other symptoms also include, pain in the affected region of the head and neck, inflammation of the surrounding tissue (painful to touch), reduction in Range of Motion (often associated with tightness of muscles or a pinching sensation), tension within the muscles and referred pain.

Here at Precision Health we offer services such as chiropractic care and massage therapy which can aid in your recovery from Cervical Segmental Joint Dysfunction.

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Liao, S., et al. (2020). “Injuries of the upper cervical spine—how can instability be identified?” International Orthopaedics 44(7): 1239-1253.

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