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Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury - Treatment

Relief of Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury symptoms starts with Nonsurgical Treatment. Whenever possible, doctors prefer to use treatments other than surgery. The first goal of these nonsurgical treatments is to ease the pain and other symptoms. The health care providers will work with you to improve your neck movement and strength. They will also encourage healthy body alignment and posture. These steps are designed to slow the degeneration process and enable you to get back to your normal activities.

Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury - Diagnosis cont.

The gold standard for Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury Diagnosis is the MRI. Magnetic waves to create pictures of the cervical spine in slices. The MRI scan shows the cervical spine bones, as well as the soft tissue structures such as the discs, joints, and nerves. MRI scans are painless and don't require needles or dye.

Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury, Pain cont.

Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury can cause a Herniated Disc from jobs with heavy, repetitive bending, twisting, and lifting as it places extra pressure on the shock-absorbing nucleus of the disc. If great enough, this increased pressure can injure the annulus (the tough, outer ring of the disc). If the annulus ruptures or tears, the material in the nucleus can squeeze out of the disc. This is called a herniation. Although daily activities may cause the nucleus to press against the annulus, the body is normally able to withstand these pressures. However, as the annulus ages, it tends to crack and tear. It is repaired with scar tissue. Over time, the annulus becomes weakened, and the disc can more easily herniate through the damaged annulus.

Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury - Degenerative Disc Disease

Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury causing Degenerative Disc Disease can be from the repetitive stresses and strains of physical job duties over time.  The normal aging process within the intervertebral discs weakens the connective tissues that make up a disc. Over time, the nucleus or jelly doughnut in the center of the disc dries out and loses some of its ability to absorb shock. The annulus or doughy outside of the doughnut also weakens and develops small cracks and tears which the jelly or nucleus can leak through.

Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury Causes

There can be several causes of Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury. A single work accident such as a fall or an automobile accident is a common cause of a worker's compensation neck injury. The most common cause of a work related cervical injury that we see are from years of strenuous or physical job duties, often involving overhead work or working in awkward positions. For example, machinists or folks who maintain machine often have to crawl and climb around in difficult and unusual positions to do their jobs and this takes a toll on the neck.

Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury Anatomy

The anatomy of a work-related cervical or neck injury centers on the spinal segment. Each spinal segment includes two vertebrae separated by an intervertebral disc, the nerves that leave the spinal cord at that level, and the small facet joints (described later) that link each level of the spinal column.

Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury

A work-related cervical or neck injury is often overlooked as a work-related condition. Neck pain typically doesn't start from a single injury, but rather develops over time from the stress and strain of daily activities, often job duties. Eventually, the parts of the cervical spine degenerate and become a source of neck pain.

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