Neck Pain : Pain From The Intervertebral Disc

Neck pain is a common disease that we often wake up in the morning with or experience at the end of a tiring day at work. It is usually a result of a minor strain or sprain and disappears with over-the-counter painkillers and symptomatic treatment at home. In some cases however, neck pain may be the result of a problem that requires emergency treatment.

Pain from the Intervertebral Disc

Herniation or prolapse of intervertebral disc: The intervertebral discs may be displaced from their position due to trauma or degeneration. They may press over the nerves coming out of the spinal cord, thus causing shoulder, arm or hand pain or tingling. Symptoms include neck pain, stiffness and decreased motion of the neck. Symptoms may be worse in certain positions that increase the compression.

Degenerative conditions: Degenerative conditions like disk osteophyte complex and internal disc disruption can result in neck pain. Disk osteophyte complex is a condition where the soft part of the disc herniates out along with an osteophyte or bone spur. It can cause pain when it impinges a nerve. Internal disc disruption is a condition where a tear develops in and bisects the intervertebral disc allowing the soft inner part of the disc to come in contact with the outer fibrous part, where the nerves are present.

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