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An Overview of Cervical Spine Disorders

Last updated 6 years ago

The cervical spine refers to the neck area and is comprised of many different structures, from bones and joints to muscles and ligaments. Any number of these parts can be affected by cervical spine disorders that cause you pain, so it’s important to understand these conditions and know when it’s time to seek treatment from a spine specialist for your pain.

Muscle Strain
Think about all of the positions your neck goes through every day. Do you cradle your phone to your ear or sit with your back hunched at the computer? Neck pain and stiffness are often caused by muscle strain within the cervical spine area, which can grow worse with repeated improper movement. This can result in other symptoms, such as headaches, shoulder pain, and back pain.

Degenerative Disease & Arthritis
Both degenerative disc disease and arthritis affect the discs separating the bones of the cervical spine, breaking them down and affecting movement while causing pain. These conditions cause inflammation and pain in the joints that result in neck pain that may spread to the shoulder blades and arms.

Herniated Disc
A herniated disc occurs when the fluid inside the discs separating spinal vertebrae leaks out and presses against surrounding tissues, causing pain in the spine and arms. The symptoms of a herniated disc often appear spontaneously, though the condition can be brought on by injury or trauma as well.

Cervical stenosis is a degenerative condition that affects the spinal cord and can lead to difficulties with coordination and movement as a result of pressure put on the spinal cord by the bones of the spine. Sufferers may experience weakness or loss of control of the legs, shooting pain in the arms and legs, and general difficulty moving.

The experienced staff at SpineOne is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of your spine. We offer a number of treatments, including chiropractic, physical therapy, and minimally invasive procedures, to keep your back healthy. To find out more about how we can help you, visit us on the web or call (303) 367-2225.


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