Neck pain is a painful condition that affects millions of people around the world. Learn about the different types of neck pain and how they affect the body.
Neck pain is an extremely common problem, affecting approximately 80% of adults at least once in their lifetime. It’s often caused by injury, arthritis, or other medical conditions.
Cervical spondylosis refers to degenerative changes in the spine that occur with age. These changes can cause compression of nerve roots and spinal cord, resulting in symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain. In contrast, cervical disc disease occurs when there is damage to the discs between the vertebrae. This type of damage can result in herniated discs, bulging discs, or ruptured discs.
Cervical radiculopathy (cervical root syndrome) is another common cause of neck pain. It is caused by pressure on the nerves that travel through the neck and into the arms. Symptoms include arm pain, numbness, tingles, and muscle weakness.
Degenerative disc disease is one of the leading causes of back pain. It occurs when discs between vertebrae become damaged and lose their ability to support the spine. This damage often leads to nerve compression and inflammation.
In addition to degenerative disc disease, other common causes of back pain include spinal stenosis, arthritis, and herniated discs. These conditions cause the bones of the spine to narrow, causing pressure on nerves.
Osteoarthritic (OA) joint disease is caused by wear and tear on joints as we age. It usually occurs after 40 years old. OA is characterized by inflammation, swelling, and stiffness of the joints. This type of joint disease often leads to bone spurs, bony outgrowths that form along the edges of the joints.
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