The neck is the foundation of movement for the upper body with regard to rotation and function. Have you ever experienced numbness or tingling down an arm that can span into the fingers? Does your neck feel achy or lock in a certain position while moving? Have you ever had whiplash? Do you experience headaches or frequent migraines? Most times, that indicates a cervical dysfunction or injury.
For many people, this is a common phenomenon. It happens over time due to overuse, an accident, or normal wear and tear. After a neck injury, it is difficult to accomplish many daily activities without feeling the negative effects and pain. Sleeping can be disturbed, an active lifestyle might be interrupted, and once the abnormality settles into your body, it sets the tone for possibly suffering other injuries. Over time, the vertebrae begin to compress and the disc loses fluid and space. Degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, and stenosis settle into these areas, causing possible fusion, widespread pain, and numbness down the upper extremities.