A 54-year-old female had a pain and stiffness on her neck. It came and went for 30 years. Since she worked too hard in her garden 3 months ago, the symptoms have been getting worse. The soreness of her neck was severe spreading to her shoulder and down arm on the left. When she turned her head to left side, her arm on the left and the second, third fingers of the left hand was tingling and numbness. She had taken painkiller 3 times a day for 3 months. It didn't work. She got MIR Scan examination on June 14 in 2010. It showed "1. Degenerative ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament identified in the midline extending from the lower C5 to the upper C7 vertibra. 2. Minor degenerative change within the C3-4,C4-5 disk space. 3. Moderate degenerative change identified at the C5-6 level with minor broad-based disk bulging in the far left anterolateral spinal canal extending into the exit foramen on the left side at C5-6 with likely nerve root impingement as a consequence. 4. Minor degenerative change within the see C6/C7 disk space. 5. At C7-T1 minor degenerative change within the disk space."
She visited Dr Jane Zhang at Chinese Medical Centre in Nenagh on August 11 in 2010 and received acupuncture and a conbination of Chinese Tuina Massage, heat treatment. When she got the fourth sessions, her symptoms completely have gone. She came back five months later (on 22 January in 2011) and said "My neck is perfect now"
A girl who is 25 years old has had the pain on the neck and shoulder for 4 years after she has got a severe injury. She visited Dr Jane Zhang at the clinic in St Stephen Green Shopping Centre in Dublin and complained the pain of her neck and shoulders always was getting worse at night and accompanied the burning sensation (sometimes numbness) of her arm on the left. She took kinds of medication now, but the pain was relieved half. MRI scan showed "Disk henia, C5-6 post median and left post-lateral in contact with the root. Cervical spinal channel, spinal marrow has a normal MRI aspect." Then she was given 12 sessions acupuncture, Tuina massage and Heat treatment after consultation and stopped all medication which she had been taking. When she took the fifth session of this treatment, her symptoms had dispeared. She continued this treatment to keep her neck and shoulder well.
The patient who is 47-year-old female teacher complainted that she had been sufferring from vertigo for 6 months, when she visited Chinese Medical Centre on September 16 in 2008. She said she had dizzyness when she turned her head, it was worse when she get up in the morning or was turning in the bed at night, sometimes with vomitting. She was in hospital for 10 days 3 weeks ago, the dizzyness wasn't go away. She did MRI scan for her ears, sinus, head, neck, "everything is normal." She also complainted she had a pain and stiffness of her neck and shoulders, it came and went for 2 years, worse for 6 months.
After consultation, Dr Jane Zhang gave her acupuncture,heat, Tuina treatment and concentrated on her neck and shoulders. After 8 sessions of these treatment, the dizzyness has gone, and the pain, stiffness of her neck and shoulders has been more relieved. When she came back for the 10th sessions about 3 months later, her neck and shoulders weren't painful and stiff any more. So far (After about two years) the dizzyness is not reoccured.
Mr. Gavin, 39-year-old, had a pain of his neck and shoulder, which spreaded to his arm on the right, and accompanied a tingling, numbness of his arm and hand on the right for 2 months. X-ray showed : "wear and tear". He also had lower back pain which radiated to his hip and knee on the left for a few years. After he took acupuncture treatment and physiotherapy for lower back pain a few years ago, the pain could be relieved. He visited Chinese Medical Centre in Nenagh on April 14 in 2009. After he took 10 sessions acupuncture and the conbination of Heat, Tuina treatment for two months, the pain of his neck, shoulder, lower back and the tingling, numbness of his arm, hand have gone away.
A degenerative disorder, also known as cervical spondylosis, that affects the joints between the cervical vertebrae (bones in the neck). It mainly affects middle-aged and elderly people. but occasionally the degeneration begins earlier due to an injury. Symptoms of cervical osteoarthritis may include pain and stiffness in the neck. pain in the arms and shoulders, numbness and tingling in the hands, and a weak grip. Other symptoms such as dizziness, unsteadiness, and double vision when turning the head may also occur. Rarely, pressure on the spinal cord can cause weakness and paralysis in the legs and loss of bladder control.
According to modern medical science, the problem is mostly caused by the senile degeneration of the cervical vertebrae, for example hyperplastic bony substance (osteophyte, spur) cruches the nerves and blood vessels or stimulates the local muscles inducing aseptic inflammation. If the nerves are affected, you'll feel painful or numb on the neck, the shoulder and arm. If the blood vessels are affected, you'll feel dizzy.
In traditional chinese medical theory, kidney channel is in charge of bones, the problem is related to ageing. After middle age, kidney channel energy is getting low. and keeping the same posture such as long-term desk work may cause poor blood circulation, your energy channel is blocked, so the bone (cervical vertebrae) can't get enough nutrition from blood, it will be getting wear and tear, then spur will easily grow.
Health care methods:
1. Protect the neck from repeated sprain and contusion, overwork , exposure to cold and cold bath, any violent exercise of the muscles. While reading and writing ,one should maintain a comfortable posture. Always keep your neck warm! Morning walk gives some relief to you, but if it is cold outside you should always use a woolen scarf around his neck while going out of the house.
2. The height of the pillow should be proper. That is ,it should be low when you lies on your back, and relatively high when your lies on your side in order to avoid occurrence or aggravation of the case due to improper sleeping posture.
3. Professionals who spend hours doing desk work or in front of the computers should take small breaks in between and try and do simple neck exercises:
Lift the lower jaw as high as possible, and rotate the neck left and right slowly while keeping the high-jaw position.
Make the lower jaw as close as possible to the chest and rotate the neck left and right slowly while keeping the above position.