Introduction

Neck injuries are more common than people realize and can lead to mobility issues, affecting the head and shoulders. This is caused by herniated or compressed cervical discs, which can irritate spinal nerve roots. Neck muscles can also be injured, resulting in shoulder pain, stiffness, or headaches. Neck pain is the second most common problem after back pain. Poor posture, phone usage, and computer work can all contribute to neck pain, which can worsen over time if left untreated. Fortunately, therapies are available to gently stretch affected muscles and realign cervical discs, providing relief. Our article discusses how neck pain affects the body, factors related to anterior cervical compression, and how spinal decompression can alleviate neck pain. We work with certified medical providers who use our patients’ valuable information to provide cervical disc treatments for individuals with neck pain affecting their cervical spine and causing mobility issues. We encourage patients to ask essential questions and seek education from our associated medical providers about their condition. Dr. Jimenez, D.C., provides this information as an educational service. Disclaimer

 

How Does Neck Pain Affect The Body?

 

Are you experiencing muscle stiffness between your neck and shoulders? Do you feel discomfort when working for long periods in a hunched position? Or are you suffering from persistent headaches that won’t go away? These symptoms could be caused by neck pain associated with anterior cervical disc compression, a common issue affecting many people. Neck pain is the second most common pain-related problem after low back pain, and it carries corresponding risk profiles that can lead to its development. Research studies revealed that cervical disc herniation associated with neck pain can affect the upper body extremities, ranging from mild to severe symptoms. The spine has three regions: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar, which protect the spinal cord that branches out the nerve roots, allowing mobility and flexibility for the head, neck, and shoulders. When the cervical discs become herniated, they can aggravate the nerve roots, leading to numerous symptoms that can affect the surrounding muscles in the neck and shoulders. Further research studies have revealed that when the cervical intervertebral discs are compressed, they become a common source of neck pain, usually accompanied by neck stiffness and other overlapping risk profiles that can cause referred pain to the upper body extremities. Therefore, neck pain associated with anterior cervical disc compression can become an issue when multiple environmental factors are involved.

 

Factors Associated With Anterior Cervical Compression To The Neck

Neck pain caused by anterior cervical compression can be due to numerous factors such as poor posture, degenerative disc disease (DDD), spinal stenosis, constantly looking down at a cell phone, being in a hunched or slouched position at work, and repetitive lifting of heavy objects. When individuals engage in repetitive motions that strain the neck, it can result in cervical compression that affects the nerve roots, causing abnormal neuron signals and shoulder or neck pain, according to research studies. This can also lead to overlapping risk profiles, causing referred pain to the upper extremities and somato-visceral pain. Additionally, anterior cervical compression can affect the cardiovascular system, resulting in unwanted symptoms like headaches and neck stiffness, causing significant discomfort.

 


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Are you experiencing frequent headaches or stiffness between your shoulders and neck? Do you feel pain when stretching your neck from side to side? These symptoms may be related to anterior cervical compression in your cervical spine, which can cause herniation of the spinal disc and affect the nerve roots within muscle and tissue fibers. This can lead to referred pain in the neck and shoulder regions. Fortunately, there are various ways to alleviate pain and stiffness in the neck and treat chronic conditions associated with cervical disc herniation. Non-surgical treatments like chiropractic care can relieve neck and shoulder pain caused by cervical disc herniation. Combining non-surgical treatments with other therapies can prevent neck pain from recurring and improve posture. Chiropractic care can also alleviate referred pain caused by neck pain through manual and mechanical manipulation. Check out the video above for more information on non-surgical treatments for cervical disc herniation.


How Spinal Decompression Can Alleviate Neck Pain

Neck pain can be confusing because it can affect the shoulders and chest, leading to referred visceral-somatic pain. Fortunately, many treatments are available to alleviate neck pain and its associated symptoms. According to “The Ultimate Spinal Decompression” by Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, and Dr. Perry Bard, D.C., unwanted pressure on the cervical spinal disc can cause damage and ongoing pain by pressing the nerve root. If this happens, some people choose anterior cervical discectomy, which involves a small incision in the neck to remove the damaged disc and relieve pressure on the nerve root. Others opt for spinal decompression if the disc is herniated and aggravates the nerve root in the cervical spine region.

 

Studies have shown that spinal decompression can help ease neck and shoulder pain by gently stretching the spine through traction. This allows the herniated disc to be pulled back to its original position, relieving pressure on the affected nerve root and muscles. Spinal decompression is a safe and non-invasive treatment option that can be combined with other non-surgical therapies. It is also cost-effective and can benefit individuals who incorporate it into their health and wellness plans.

 

Conclusion

Neck pain is commonly caused by cervical disc herniation, leading to discomfort in the upper extremities around the neck. Repetitive motions associated with normal activities, such as poor posture, phone usage, and desk work, can also contribute to neck pain. Fortunately, non-surgical treatments like spinal decompression are available. This gentle technique uses traction to stretch the spine and alleviate pain from disc herniation, making it a cost-efficient option. By combining spinal decompression with other therapies, individuals can prevent the recurrence of neck pain and enjoy a pain-free life.

 

References

Kaplan, E., & Bard, P. (2023). The Ultimate Spinal Decompression. JETLAUNCH.

Peng, B., & DePalma, M. J. (2018). Cervical disc degeneration and neck pain. Journal of Pain Research, Volume 11, 2853–2857. doi.org/10.2147/jpr.s180018

Samir Sharrak, & Yasir Al Khalili. (2019, September 2). Cervical Disc Herniation. Nih.gov; StatPearls Publishing. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK546618/

Xu, Q., Tian, X., Bao, X., Liu, D., Zeng, F., & Sun, Q. (2022). Nonsurgical spinal decompression system traction combined with electroacupuncture in the treatment of multi-segmental cervical disc herniation. Medicine, 101(3), e28540. doi.org/10.1097/md.0000000000028540

Yeung, J. T., Johnson, J. I., & Karim, A. S. (2012). Cervical disc herniation presenting with neck pain and contralateral symptoms: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 6(1). doi.org/10.1186/1752-1947-6-166

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