Spine & Orthopedic Pain Centers

Cervical Neck Pain



Cervical disc disease or degenerative disease (DJD) may be the most common cause of neck pain. It’s commonly caused by an abnormality in one or more discs, the cushions that lie between the neck bones (vertebrae). When a disc is damaged, usually due to wear or tear (degeneration) or to disc herniation, it can lead to neck pain from inflammation or muscle spasms.

In severe cases, pain and numbness can occur in the arms from nerve irritation or damage from a pinched nerve. This pain is called a cervical radiculopathy and occurs when a nerve in the neck is irritated as it leaves the spinal canal. This condition usually occurs when a nerve root is being pinched by a herniated disc or a bone spur. Pinched means compressed between two surfaces.

A cervical radiculopathy causes symptoms that radiate out away from the neck. This means that although the problem is in the spine, the symptoms may be felt in the shoulder, the arm, or the hand.

Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy are:

  • Neck pain.
  • Pain, numbness, tingling, burning, stabbing, throbbing, or muscle weakness that travels down the arm.
  • Loss of neck movement due to pain.
  • Muscle spasms.

 

Aging, injury, poor posture, and other issues can lead to problems in the neck.

Other causes include:

  • Damage/trauma to the disk in the cervical spine that presses on the nerve roots
  • Degeneration from wear and tear, aging, and arthritis which may lead to narrowing or stenosis-osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • An unstable spine from a slipped, herniated, or bulging disc or vertebra slipping forward

There are other, less common causes of pressure on nerves in the neck. These include infection, cysts, and tumors.

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Inderbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Inderbir Johal, M.D. is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.

Gurbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Gurbir Johal is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at the prestigious University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Chicago Pain Medicine Center.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.