Neck pain, like lower back pain, is one of the most common reasons why people seek out paramedical care. Additionally, its origins may be from multiple structures and systems. This includes areas that are not even local to where the pain is felt.
Cervicalgia can have neurogenic origins. For example, nerve root impingement, spinal stenosis or even excessive strain on the brachial plexus.
Common symptoms can include:
- Shooting pain down the arm
- Tingling sensations
Discogenic pain arising from issues in the intervertebral disc may be due to degeneration or bulging of the disc. Often, there is a visceral component to neck pain that could be commonly related to the liver or stomach.
Treatment then focuses on identifying the root cause and alleviating pain through manual work (massage-like) and acupuncture. For certain visceral (organ) related pain, herbs may also be a treatment option.