Cervical Pain - Know Its Symptoms and Risk Factors

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It’s not at all surprising to suffer from some form of neck pain at some point in our life. But when experiencing radiating pain and discomfort with other symptoms like strain, numbness and weakness are beyond tolerance, you really need to worry about that. The chances are that you might have developed degenerative disorder -- cervical pain. Experiencing cervical pain can be more than a painful condition for you as it does not only make you feel discomfort and disable but can have an adverse effect on your professional and quality of life.

There can be various possible conditions which may cause pain in your shoulder, neck, and arm. Some of them include degenerative disc disorder, neck strain, neck injury, a herniated disc, a pinched nerve, etc. Your problem can also be due to some infections such as bone tuberculosis in neck, lumps or glands in throat or neck, overgrowth of bones, spinal infections, throat infections, etc. Some of the external factors such as sitting in front of a computer for the longest time, uncomfortable sleeping position, strenuous exercise, heavy lifting work, etc. So, to lessen your pain, it is extremely important to find out the underlying cause of your pain.

Some of the common symptoms associated with cervical pain are:

1)    Sharp shooting pain that radiates through arm, hands and shoulder

2)    Numbness

3)    Difficulty swallowing

4)    Dizziness or lightheadedness

5)    Swelling in neck

6)    Hissing sound in head

7)    Headache

8)    Stiff neck

Some of its risk factors include:

1)    Spinal cord injury

2)    Swollen lymph node

3)    Radiation/Chemotherapy

4)    Excess weight(Obesity)

5)    Stress or depression

6)    Aging

7)    Dehydration

8)    Accident/Injury

9)    Occupation

If you have developed one or more above mentioned symptoms, you are advised to seek the help orthopedist or rheumatologist. You may also consult neurologist, neurosurgeon, ENT specialist, therapist, massage therapist, or acupuncturist to know the real cause of your pain. Avoiding the condition would only add more discomfort to the situation. So do not delay and book your appointment at

How to diagnose your condition?

You are recommended to speak up with your doctor. You are advised to tell him the location of your pain, duration, intensity and radiation, positions when it triggers the most, treatment history, and past injury. Your doctor may prescribe X-ray evaluation, CT scan, bone scan, MRI scan, electromyography, etc.

Your regular exercising pattern would help you alleviate your pain to great extent. You may perform neck exercise, shoulder retraction exercise, turtle exercise, rotation exercise, etc. By improving your sleeping posture and using home remedies you can help ease your pain.

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