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What is cervical disc disease?

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It may be the most common cause of neck pain. It results from an abnormality in one or more discs, the cushions that lie between your neck bones (vertebrae). When a disc is damaged, usually due to wear or tear (the doctor will call this degeneration) or to disc herniation, it can lead to neck pain from inflammation or muscle spasms. In severe cases, nerve irritation or damage from a pinched nerve can cause numbness in your arms.

SOURCES: 

American Physical Therapy Association: "What you Need to Know About Neck Pain." 

Nadler, SF. , 2004.  The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

K. Daniel Riew, MD, Mildred B. Simon Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine. 

Ylinen, J. et al. , 2003.  Journal of the American Medical Association

Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA, professor and chairman, department of physical therapy, University of Pittsburgh. 

UptoDate.com: "Cervical Strain."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 12, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Physical Therapy Association: "What you Need to Know About Neck Pain." 

Nadler, SF. , 2004.  The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

K. Daniel Riew, MD, Mildred B. Simon Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine. 

Ylinen, J. et al. , 2003.  Journal of the American Medical Association

Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA, professor and chairman, department of physical therapy, University of Pittsburgh. 

UptoDate.com: "Cervical Strain."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 12, 2017

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