Last Updated on March 14, 2023 by Nurse Vicky
Symptoms For Cervical Pain – Everything You Need to Know
Symptoms for cervical pain vary, but they are often related to the same condition. Neck pain can be caused by several different conditions, including jaw joint issues, inflammatory conditions of the spine, and chronic headaches.
Because neck and cervical spine bones are so close together, it can be difficult to diagnose, and it is especially difficult to identify the source of non-specific neck pain. Therefore, the best way to deal with chronic neck pain is to seek medical care as soon as you notice any of these symptoms.
Symptoms of cervical spondylosis
A common cause of cervical spondylosis is normal wear and tear on the neck. Herniated or dehydrated discs, injury, or genetics can also cause the condition. Affected individuals may experience pain in the neck, shoulder, or even head.
They may also experience numbness, tingling, and pain when moving their arms and legs. Symptoms may be gradual, or they may develop suddenly. Some individuals may have difficulty lifting their arms, especially if they experience pain with movement.
As you get older, the discs between vertebrae begin to wear out. As a result, the spinal discs are thin and osteophytes form. Eventually, these bone spurs will put pressure on the spinal cord and cause pain.
These symptoms may come and go, but should not be ignored. If you’re experiencing pain, see your doctor and get a diagnostic test. Fortunately, treatment is available for cervical spondylosis.
Cervical spondylosis can cause various problems, including pain and loss of function in the upper extremities. The pain is usually intermittent and often in the neck and interscapular region.
Sometimes it can also radiate to the vertex of the skull. Chronic suboccipital headache is another symptom of cervical spondylosis. In addition to pain, patients may experience chest pain or a chronic suboccipital headache.
Symptoms of cervical myelopathy
Cervical myelopathy is a degenerative disorder characterized by compression of the spinal cord. It can be caused by different conditions, such as disc herniations, bulging discs, arthritic bone spurs, and narrowing of the spinal canal.
In some cases, spinal cord compression is a result of congenital spinal stenosis. Other conditions can also cause compression of the spinal cord, including ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament.
While cervical myelopathy is a relatively uncommon spinal condition, it can have serious consequences if left untreated. Symptoms include clumsiness, reduced manual dexterity, and unsteady gait.
Although cervical pain isn’t a necessary symptom for diagnosis, it may be present in patients with decreased mobility. The patient may experience numbness, tingling, or pain in their arms, legs, and arms.
In addition to these common symptoms, patients may experience altered urinary function, which can be an indication of severe cord compression.
Patients with cervical myelopathy may have brisk reflexes or abnormal gait. A test called the Babinski reflex is positive when the big toe is raised.
Another test, known as the Romberg test, is more sensitive and less specific. If the symptoms are severe, the patient must be unbalanced for a period of time in an attempt to demonstrate a toe-heel walk.
Treatment options for cervical pain
While no one knows what causes cervical pain, there are several treatments available. These include a variety of medications, corticosteroid injections, numbing medication (such as lidocaine), and surgery.
A medical professional will recommend the best treatment for your specific condition and will explain your treatment options to you. For the most part, however, the best way to treat neck pain is through simple home remedies.
Acute neck pain is a sudden and intense pain in the neck. It can radiate to the shoulders, arms, and hands. It usually subsides with rest, physical therapy, and self-care measures, although it’s worth considering if the pain persists over a long period of time.
Chronic neck pain, on the other hand, should be evaluated by a medical professional to determine the cause of the pain. Because the cervical spine has the most range of motion, problems with this region can result in significant pain.
Various types of cervical radiculopathy can be treated. The type of treatment used depends on the underlying cause of the pain and the severity of the symptoms.
Nonsurgical treatments are often first tried and may be ineffective. If these treatments do not provide relief after six to twelve weeks, surgical intervention is recommended.
Several types of exercise may provide relief for the patient. Patients may also undergo activity modifications to alleviate symptoms. For most patients, the first option is nonsurgical treatment.