Neck Pain related pages:
NECK AND ARM PAIN?
Patients often develop arm pain alongside their neck pain. This pain can travel from the base of the neck down into the finger tips.
Neck pain caused by a squashed nerve is known as cervical radiculopathy. It’s usually caused by one of the discs between the bones of the upper spine (vertebrae) splitting open and the gel inside bulging outwards on to a nearby nerve.
The condition is more common in older people because your spinal discs start to lose their water content as you get older, making them less flexible and more likely to split.
When the nerve gets compressed or irritated, the brain interprets the pain as coming from the buttock or leg instead of the back, where the problem actually is.
The pain is often a severe shooting pain, sometimes accompanied with pins and needles or numbness.
The pain can sometimes be controlled with painkillers and by following the advice documents, although surgery may be recommended for some people.