Cervical Bulging Disc

About

A cervical bulging disc can occur as part of the aging process. If the bulge puts pressure on the nerves and surrounding soft tissue it can become symptomatic. It can be additionally caused by a sudden fall or trauma and genetic factors.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a cervical bulging disc include, pain, numbness, weakness, tingling, or muscle spasms or cramping.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice in pain areas
  • Specially designed exercise regiment
  • Neck collar
  • Steroidal medication
  • Facet joint injections
  • Physical therapy

Cervical Degenerative Joint Disease

About

Cervical degenerative joint disease is a common cause of cervical neck pain. Cervical facet joints, like synovial joints, are susceptible to damage, degeneration, inflammation and arthritic changes. Changes in the facet can result in pain, loss of motion, irritation of the nerve if the joint and a pinching of the nerve exiting the spinal column.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of cervical degenerative joint disease include pain in the neck, pain and tenderness location in the neck area, muscles spasms and changes in posture, a loss of motion, loss of normal cervical curvature and localized swelling.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice in pain areas
  • Specially designed exercise regiment
  • Neck collar
  • Steroidal medication
  • Facet joint injections
  • Physical therapy

Cervical Facet Syndrome

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of cervical degenerative joint disease include pain in the neck, pain and tenderness location in the neck area, muscles spasms and changes in posture, a loss of motion, loss of normal cervical curvature and localized swelling.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice in pain areas
  • Specially designed exercise regiment
  • Neck collar
  • Steroidal medication
  • Facet joint injections
  • Physical therapy

Cervical Herniated Disc

About

A disc herniation can occur when the outer walls of the intervertebral disc tear. When the outer annular rings tear, the gel-like nucleus pulposus leaks out pressing on the structures in the area including spinal nerves.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a cervical herniated disc include pain in the neck, sensory changes such as numbness or tingling, diminished reflexes in the upper extremity, muscle spasms and a loss of mobility.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice in pain areas
  • Specially designed exercise regiment
  • Brace
  • Facet joint injections

Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease

About

Cervical degenerative disc disease can be broken up into three parts: dysfunction, instability, and destabilization. Aging is the most common cause of disc degeneration. In addition, cervical degenerative disc can be caused by a sudden fall, a disc herniation or peoples smoke or are obese.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms include patients with degenerative disc disease, chronic pain the neck, sensory changes in the neck, diminished reflexes, loss of motion and many more issues.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice in pain areas
  • Moist heat
  • Specially designed exercise regiment
  • Cervical collar
  • Steroidal medication
  • Epidural injections

Cervical Sprain

About

A cervical sprain is used to identify pain that sometimes occurs following an acute injury to the soft tissue of the neck, including ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a cervical sprain include pain in the neck, swelling in the neck, tenderness along the back of the neck, muscle spasms, stiffness moving the neck, headaches, and pain that radiates from the neck to the shoulder.

Treatment Options

  • Avoiding activities that produce the pain
  • Conservative treatment
  • Ice in pain areas
  • Physical therapy
  • Non-steroidal medication

Cervical Slipped Disc

About

A “slipped disc” occurs when the outer walls of the intervertebral discs are torn. A slipped disc usually occurs at the posterior lateral wall where the annulus fibrosus is thinnest.

Unfortunately, this is also where the nerves of the spine exist and track distally to the body. A slipped disc can be caused by repetitive bending and twisting motions, a sudden fall and repetitive stress injuries.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a slipped disc include patients with degenerative disc disease, chronic pain the neck, sensory changes in the neck, diminished reflexes, loss of motion and many more issues.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Ice in pain areas
  • Moist heat
  • Specially designed exercise regiment
  • Cervical collar
  • Steroidal medication
  • Epidural injections

Cervical Radiculopathy

About

Cervical radiculopathy is a term used to describe chronic conditions that injure the spinal nerves by compression or irritation. The irritation results in radicular symptoms distally from their origin.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms include patients with cervical radiculatopathy, chronic pain the neck, sensory changes in the neck, diminished reflexes, loss of motion and many more issues.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Ice in pain areas
  • Moist heat
  • Specially designed exercise regiment
  • Cervical collar
  • Steroidal medication
  • Epidural injections

Cervical Whiplash

About

Cervical whiplash is the term to describe the pain that happens following an acute injury to the soft tissue of the neck, including the ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

This type of injury is typically associated with a car accident in which the head and neck “whip” around.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of cervical whiplash include pain in the neck, swelling or redness in the neck, muscle spasms, stiffness or difficulty moving the neck, headaches, and pain that radiates from the neck to the shoulder to the arm.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Ice in pain areas
  • Moist heat
  • Specially designed exercise regiment
  • Cervical collar
  • Steroidal medication
  • Epidural injections