Neck Degenerative Disc Disease
I have spent a lot of time discussing low back pain and how the things found on MRI and x-rays are usually not the cause of a person’s symptoms and are more likely just normal, age-related changes that occur in all of us-even those of us without pain. The question I want to look into today is whether or not the same holds true for the neck region. [...]
I hear it all of the time from patients-“My back is out,” My SI is out,” “My pelvis is out of alignment,” “My L5 (or any other numbered vertebra) is out,” “My vertebra is rotated.” I don’t blame my patients for saying these things-this is what they have learned to be the cause of low back pain. Maybe it was from a friend, or they read about it online, or maybe they were told this by another health care provider. Something being “out of place” can definitely seem like a plausible reason for the pain that a person may be feeling or the difficulty that they may be experiencing while trying to move. But....is this really true?