Treatment options may include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Artificial disc replacement
- Cervical fusion
- Pain medications
- Physical or Chiropractic Therapy
- Steroid Injections
- Surgery (discectomy)
- Therapeutic Message
- Decreasing muscle tone in the arms and/or hands
- Decreasing dexterity of the hands
- Muscle spasms in the legs
- Numbness and or weakness in the upper extremities
- Severe headaches
- Sharp neck or arm pain
- Shooting pain or tingling in the arms and/or hands
- Stiff neck
DIAGNOSIS / TESTS
Diagnostic tests include:
- Bone scan
- CAT scan
- Electromyogram and Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG/NCS)
- Medical history (helps assess severity in condition of pain)
- Neurological exam
- Physical examination
Common forms include:
- Cervical Spondylosis (Arthritis of the Neck)
- Cervical degenerative disc disease
- Cervical Stenosis
- Herniated disc
- Spinal alignment
Causes & contributing factors may include:
- Cervical disc degeneration
- Cancer or Meningitis (rare)
- Poor posture
- Spinal cord compression
- Stress from bending, twisting, turning, or lifting
- Most people (nearly 2/3) will experience some kind of neck pain during their lifetime.
- Although very rare, cervical back pain can be a sign of infection, cancer, disease, injury, or blood vessel issue.
- A stiff neck is rarely serious and will usually fade or disappear without treatment.
- Neck pain is usually unexplained, with pain sometimes lingering and sometimes quickly disappearing.
- Neck pain accompanied by no other obvious problems is usually temporary and minor.
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