Your cervical spine connects your brain stem to your spinal cord, i.e. the neck area. It is an area rich in blood vessels and other soft tissue, such as ligament sand tendons. Neck pain is a common complaint and treatable, often without surgery or medication.
Common causes of neck pain include:
Cervical herniated disc
Cervical stenosis, which is caused by a herniated disc or degenerative joint, can cause pain to radiate down the arm. It can also lead to shooting pain and coordination problems in the arms and legs.
Muscle strain degeneration of the facet joint cartilage.
Osteoarthritis of weight-bearing joints, such as hips and knees.
A sprain of the muscles, ligaments, or tendons in the neck area usually causes acute neck pain. Ventricular accidents, repeated carrying of heavy items (such as luggage), or awkward sleeping positions are often the culprits. Most minor ligament or tendon injuries in the neck will subside with proper care, including rest, ice, or heat application, and rehabilitation such as chiropractic care and physical therapy.
A common symptom of chronic neck pain is an ache that radiates down the arm, sometimes into the hands and fingers, accompanied by numbness or tingling. Foraminal stenosis, a condition caused by degenerative changes in the neck joints, involves a herniated disc or a pinched nerve. This in turn causes chronic neck pain. Chiropractic care has many options available for treatment of these and other cervical spine injuries and inflammation.