Cervical degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a condition that affects the strength, resiliency and structural integrity of the disc due to increasing age, trauma, repetitive movement, improper posture, or poor body mechanics. Cervical stenosis refers to narrowing of the spinal canal that protects the spinal cord and its branching nerves.
What is Neck Pain?
Neck pain can be caused by many different reasons — poor posture, a spine problem, muscle inflammation, radiculopathy, strain injury, or trauma. The neck may feel stiff, and there may be pain in the neck, shoulders, and head.
Who gets Neck Pain?
Since the cause of neck pain is so varied, anyone can have it. Most people do have neck pain at some time in their life.
How is Neck Pain diagnosed?
After taking the patient’s history, a physician may perform some physical tests. An EMG or MRI can also be performed to try to determine the source of the pain.
How is Neck Pain treated?
Treatment depends on the reason for the neck pain. In some cases, a change of posture will correct the pain. A neck collar could also be used. Medications can be used if the problem is caused by muscle inflammation. In other cases, surgery is required.
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- Spine Basics
- Herniated Disk
- Neck Pain
- Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
- Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)
- Cervical Spondylosis
- Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy (Spinal Cord Compression)
- Neck Pain
- Spinal Injections
- Spine Conditioning Program
- Muscle Cramp