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Neck Pain Relief

Neck Pain

Neck relief starts with the understanding of your physical condition. There are many conditions that can cause acute and chronic neck pain. Before we can discuss neck pain relief, we will discuss some of the most common causes of neck pain.

The following information describes symptoms of some of the more common causes of chronic neck pain.

Stiff Neck

A stiff neck is typically characterized as a difficulty moving the neck accompanied with soreness. Other problems associated with stiff neck can be headaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain which is best describe as a dull achy sensation.

Neck Pain Thats Radiates Down The Arm

If you have pain that radiates from your neck down to your arm, and possibly into your fingers, this can be frequently related to a cervical herniated disc or foraminal stenosis squeezing a nerve in the neck.

A person can feel a sharp shooting pain or may have a sensation of numbness and tingling in the arms and/or hands. The symptoms may start suddenly or develop over time.

The treatment approach for cervical disc herniation is guided by the individuals posture, the degree of spinal degeneration, nerve compression or how the cord is affected. Pain character and intensity are answer important factors that must be considered in developing a treatment plan.

C4-C5 (C5 nerve root)

A pinched nerve at this level can shoulder pain and weakness in the deltoid muscle, numbness and tingling is usually not associated to this area.

C5-C6 (C6 nerve root)

A pinched nerve at this level can cause weakness in the biceps muscle, pain is usually felt radiating down the arm to the thumbs side of the hand, numbness and tingling can radiate in the same direction.

C6-C7 (C7 nerve root)

The most common site for a pinched is at C7 and can cause pain weakness in the triceps and muscles that extend the fingers. Radiation of numbness and tingling is felt in the triceps and the middle finger.

C7-T1 (C8 nerve root)

A pinched nerve involvement here affects hand grip strength and numbness and tingling down the arm to the pinky finger side of the hand.

These patterns are typical associated with cervical disc herniation, however, a pinched nerve maybe different from person to person. Commonly, the symptoms can be temporary and successfully treated with spinal decompression, manipulation, and physiotherapy.

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