Many people experience neck pain.  Some common causes of neck pain include arthritis of the neck joints, wearing out of the discs (cushions) between the bones (cervical degenerative disc disease) or narrowing of the joints where the nerves travel (cervical stenosis). In some cases, the disc can herniate (push out of the normal space) and result in neck and arm pain/numbness/tingling.

A herniated cervical disc can be caused from injury, lifting a heavy object, or sudden movement of the neck, but does not need to be caused by trauma. Many people cannot recall a specific injury. The herniated piece of the disc may then pinch or put pressure on a nerve, possibly causing one or more of the following symptoms:

Signs and symptoms of neck problems include (but not limited to):

  • Limited movement of the head or neck due to pain or stiffness.
  • Neck muscle tightness
  • Pain, tingling or numbness in the shoulder, arm or hand (usually worse on one side than the other)
  • Weakness in the shoulder, arm or hand
  • Clumsiness of the hand or difficulty with fine motor movements, such as buttoning buttons.

For evaluation of neck/arm pain/numbness or tingling, please contact the Neurosurgery Center of Colorado.