Neck pain and symptoms
caused by a cervical (neck) spine disorder are
a very common problem for many adults. The cervical
spine is composed of many different anatomic structures,
including muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints.
Each of these structures has nerve endings that
can detect painful problems when they occur. The
different parts of the cervical spine are normally
well balanced and able to handle all of the movements,
stresses, and strains of the body gracefully.
However, when the different parts of the cervical
spine are injured or start to wear out, your neck
can be a significant source of pain and discomfort.
Studies show that approximately
fifty percent of the population has evidence of
degenerative changes in their cervical spine by
the age of fifty. These changes happen because
the discs that act as shock absorbers between
the vertebral bodies of the cervical spine wear
out, as we grow older. As the intervertebral disks
wear out, they begin to collapse, or herniate,
and become less flexible. The common causes of
neck pain and cervical disorders include arthritis,
injuries, and trauma. In some situations neck
pain can also be a warning sign of something more
serious such as spinal cord compression, a tumor,
or spinal infection. and discomfort.
Any patient suffering
from neck, shoulder, head or arm pain should be
examined by a doctor in order to determine where
the pain originates and what is causing the pain.
The tissues involved in producing the pain must
also be identified, and how they are being irritated
must also be understood. The history of the pain
and any activities that may have triggered it
are also important factors in diagnosis and treatment.
Impairment of movement in any part of the cervical
spine can be responsible for pain, discomfort,
and disability. and discomfort.
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