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(Dys)Functional Friday

Good morning! It’s that time of the week to explore dysfunctions in the body and learn some self-care tools to assist in rehabilitation, pain management, mobilization, and stabilization. This week we are learning about the disorders that are associated with the neck.

There are many types of head and upper neck disorders that occur at the base of the skull and top of the neck, also known as upper cervical disorders, craniovertebral junction (CVJ) abnormalities, and craniocervical disorders. Some are present at birth, while others develop later in life.

Here are some common symptoms

· Neck Pain

· Headaches

· Change in neck appearance and reduced range of motion

· Eye problems, such as abnormal eye movements and double vision

· Throat and speech abnormalities, such as voice hoarseness, slurred speech, and problems swallowing

· Loss of coordination

· Sleep problems, namely sleep apnea

· Vertigo, feeling faint

The following are some congenital upper cervical disorders:

  • Platybasia

  • Atlantoaxial Instability

  • Atlas Hypoplasia

  • Klippel-Feil Malformation

  • Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia

  • Os Odontoideum

  • Achondroplasia

The following are some acquired upper cervical disorders:

  • Basilar Invagination

  • Cervical Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Degenerative Arthrosis (Degenerative Joint Arthritis, Spondylosis, or Spinal Osteoarthritis)

  • Synovial Cysts at C1-C2

  • Pseudogout

Now that we have a general understanding of what a cervical dysfunction is, we can investigate ways to helps us to feeling and moving better through self-care! Stay tuned, as we will be exploring one of these listed disorders more in depth! Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit us!

Amber Green



Works Cited

Signs and Symptoms of Upper Cervical Disorders.

Congenital Upper Cervical Disorders.

Acquired Upper Cervical Disorders and Your Spine.

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