Neck Pain and symptoms caused by a cervical (neck) spine disorders are common problems. Half of the population will have evidence of degenerative (wear and tear) changes in their cervical spine by the age of fifty years.
These changes happen because the discs that act as shock absorbers between the vertebral bodies of the cervical spine wear out as we grow older. As the intervertebral discs wear out, they begin to collapse, or prolapse, and become less flexible.
Common causes of Neck Pain and cervical disorders include arthritis, injuries, and trauma. In some situations neck pain can also be a warning sign of something more serious such as spinal cord compression, a tumour or spinal infection.
Any patient suffering from neck, shoulder, head or arm pain should be examined by an Orthopaedic Spine Specialist to determine where the pain originates and what is causing the pain.