What is Cervical Pain?
Cervical pain refers to neck pain. It is caused by a problem with at least one of the discs that provide a cushion for the vertebrae in the neck. In most cases, more than one disc is affected. The disc may be damaged by injury, it may be herniated, or it may be affected by osteoarthritis. When the discs of the neck are abnormal in some way, inflammation can result. As the patient experiences pain, discomfort, and lack of mobility, muscle spasms are another painful effect of the condition. People who suffer any type of spinal pain tend to compensate for the pain by adjusting their posture or controlling their movements. This can cause the muscles to tighten up until it is extremely painful. In some cases, numbness may even result because of pressure on the nerves due to swelling and inflammation.