Cervical Instability

Cervical instability is a term used to describe a whole range of conditions that involve the cervical spine not being able maintain alignment under normal physiological load. 

What is the cause?

Cervical instabilities are caused by either trauma such as motor vehicle accident or from a congenital abnormality within the cervical ligaments and connective tissue.

Signs & Symptoms

Patients may describe one or more of the following:

  • Feeling of instability
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Neck ache
  • Sharp pain with movement
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Facial numbness or pain

What can we do about it?

The therapists at Elite Spinal Physiotherapy use the latest techniques to assess the cervical spine and determine if a cervical instability is the cause of the symptoms you are experiencing.

Once a cervical instability is confirmed treatment will consist of a combination of manual therapy and targeted exercise. Due to the nature of a cervical instability a targeted exercise program is key to successfully treating this condition. Your therapist will teach you some very specific exercises that you can do at home or under supervision in our clinical pilates studio.