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Cervicalgia: Overview and Options for Treatment


Have you ever had a pain in your neck that hovers around the sides or back of your neck? Congratulations, you’ve been experiencing cervicalgia. With symptoms similar to lumbago this condition affects the necks of people at all ages of their life. If you’ve been experiencing significant pain in your neck and wonder whether or not it might be a case of cervicalgia, continue reading. Once we’ve explained what it is we’ll discuss some of the options that are available for treating it.

How To Identify Cervicalgia By Location

This condition causes pain directly on the spine between the area covering the first to seventh spinal vertebrae. Your first cervical bone is located at about the same height as your ears, while the seventh can be located at the bottom of your neck. These bones define the area of your body that we call the neck. One of the major causes of cervicalgia is a cervical disc that has become herniated, though anything that disrupts your neck muscle’s ability to flex or impairs their strength may be responsible.

How To Identify Cervicalgia By Symptom

The symptoms of this condition include aching sharp pains that you feel in your neck when you move it. Twisting or turning your neck tends to result in the strongest response, especially if the muscles of that area are stiff or full of tension. If you experience frequent headaches, or the muscles of your upper back and neck are often tender when touched then you may be experiencing cervicalgia.

The pain from this condition can become quite significant and is generally centered on the area of your neck that is causing the problem. This is one of the traits that set it apart from other pain experienced in this area of the neck. If your pain is radiating from its source then you are likely suffering from some other ailment than cervicalgia, or in addition to it.

Can I Be Diagnosed With Cervicalgia?

The problem with this term is that it isn’t a description of a condition, but rather a description of a symptom. As such you may be presenting with cervicalgia but you cannot be diagnosed with it as a condition. It is merely another name for whiplash, stiff neck, or neck pain. Cases of cervicalgia can be acute or chronic, and there are separate medical codes to describe this.

If you’re concerned that you may be suffering from this condition then it’s time to see a neurologist to look into the problem. Dr. Diana Wilson has been helping patients deal with concerns of the neck and spine from her office at Neurosurgeon and Spine Fort Worth in Fort Worth, TX. Don’t let a life with neck pain keep you from living your fullest life, make an appointment to see a specialist and get on your road to treatment or recovery. Dr. Wilson works with patients of every background to ensure that they can get on with living their life with their pain gone or controlled.

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