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what is the Atlantoaxial joint

What Is the Atlantoaxial Joint?

The headaches and upper neck pain are getting worse. Medication and therapy has not helped.  Radiographic studies are normal. Your chiropractor thinks it may be coming from your upper neck.   What is the Atlas? What is the Axis bone?  What is the Atlantoaxial joint? What are the key components of the Atlantoaxial Joint? What is … Continued


jugular vein compression due to craniocervical junction disorders

Craniocervical Junction Disorders: Jugular Vein Compression

The dizziness began as you abruptly turned your head. It has happened several times and you are concerned.  Your doctor wants to order some lab and radiographic tests.  He is not certain as to what is causing your symptoms.  What is the Craniocervical Junction?  What is a Craniocervical Junction Disorder? What causes Craniocervical Junction Disorders? … Continued


Radial Nerve Palsy

Radial Nerve Palsy

Radial Nerve Palsy is a term we use when there has been an injury to the radial nerve.  Commonly the nerve becomes compressed and affects the function of the nerve leading to weakness in the muscles innervated by the nerve, such as in a wrist drop. Today we are going to take a deep dive … Continued


What is Craniocervical Junction?

What Is the Craniocervical Junction?

The headaches started abruptly and without warning.  They are not like the headaches due to excessive alcohol or disagreements with the in-laws.  The headaches have not responded to medications or rest. You and your family are concerned.  Your doctor thinks you may have a problem in the upper neck.  He mentioned something about the Craniocervical … Continued


Rotator Cuff Tear Relief Without Surgery

Rotator Cuff Tear Relief Without Surgery: A How-To Guide

INTRODUCTION: Welcome to the the How-to Guide for Rotator Cuff Tear Relief Without Surgery. If you want to avoid Rotator Cuff surgery, you’re in the right place! Let’s start with the basics. Basics The basics of Rotator Cuff tears include 4 different muscles, 1 in the front, 1 on the top and 2 in the … Continued


What Is an Upright MRI? Can It Diagnose CCJ Instability? [VLOG]

Hey, it’s Dr. Centeno. And what is an Upright MRI? And can it diagnose CCJ instability? So, CCJ Instability means that the upper neck bones move around too much due to lax ligaments. Lots of different ligaments up there that can be torn, partially torn, stretched, or just loose due to other problems. And there … Continued


alternatives to laminectomy

Alternatives to Laminectomy

If you have had an MRI of your spine, you are probably like most patients. You read the MRI report and then google every term on your MRI report from the Radiologist trying to figure out what it all means! Alternatives to Laminectomy should be an important part of that search. Today you’re in luck, … Continued


How to Avoid Knee Replacement: A Quickstart Guide

Your knee pain initially was intermittent and mild.  Unfortunately, It is now constant and debilitating.  Your doctor recommends knee replacement surgery. What is the knee composed of?  What are the most common knee injuries?  What is knee replacement surgery? What are the different types of knee replacements?  What is knee replacement surgery success? What are … Continued


Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Surgery

What Is the Cubital Tunnel Syndrome? Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, a compressive neuropathy of the ulnar nerve at the elbow, is the second most common compressive neuropathy in upper extremities (1st = carpal tunnel syndrome). To understand how peripheral nerves get injured, read this blog: https://centenoschultz.com/nerve-hydrodissection/ The Ulnar nerve is a continuation of nerve roots from … Continued


How to Read a Knee MRI for Meniscal Tear

How to Read a Knee MRI for Meniscal Tear

Dr. Chris Centeno discusses how to read a knee MRI for meniscal tears and what you need to know about such tears. Transcript Hi, this is Dr. Centeno. And I’d like to go over today How to Read Your Knee MRI: Focus on the Meniscus. I have a whole series of these and reading a … Continued