While neck pain (cervical spine) is less common than lower back pain (lumbar spine), many people will experience neck pain and/or related arm pain at some point in their life.
Symptoms of Neck Pain
Reduced range of motion due to a stiff neck
Sharp or stabbing pain in one spot
Soreness or tenderness in a general area
Pain that radiates down into the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers, or up into your head
In some cases, other symptoms associated with neck pain are even more problematic such as:
Tingling, numbness, or weakness that radiates into the shoulder, arms, or fingers
Trouble with gripping or lifting objects
Problems with walking, balance, or coordination
Loss of bladder or bowel control
Treatments for Neck Pain
Neck pain might be minor and easily ignored, or it can be excruciating to the point where it interferes with important daily activities, such as sleep. The pain might be short-lived, come and go, or become constant.
While not common, neck pain can also be a signal of a serious underlying medical issue, such as meningitis, or cancer. The key is to seek treatment from a specialist and obtain a primary diagnosis. Conservative treatments may include simple rest and activity modification. Pain management through medication may help as well. Physical therapy and surgery maybe also be considered.