Compressed discs and pinched nerves in the neck are two of the most common neck-related issues that people seek treatment for. Both can cause pain, numbness and weakness that disrupt the life of a person experiencing them. Knowing how these two issues occur is very helpful in being able to avoid falling victim to them.
- Aging: Naturally, wear and tear have their effects. The body has regenerative capabilities but requires great care. The first signs usually appear at around 30 years of age.
- Lack of Exercise: Keeping your body moving is essential to your health.
- Posture: The latest phenomena with back and neck pain? “Tech Neck”, the effect of constantly sitting or leaning forward, or the combination of both.
For those already experiencing degeneration, an injury can compound the problems caused by a compressed disc. When the disc is degenerated, the wall of the disc is starting to wear down. A good example is how a tire’s treads start to wear down as the car is driven over time.
An injury can cause this regardless of the state of the discs. A perfectly healthy disc can be ruptured by trauma, such as a car accident or incorrectly lifting a heavy object. Anything that puts too much pressure on the disc can cause it to compress and rupture.
Causes of Neck Pain
- Excess pressure A pinched nerve in the neck results from excess pressure on a nerve root. Degenerative joint disease can result in pinched nerves. This disease can cause bone spurs, which are basically little bony balls that can put pressure on structures close to them, such as nerves. This is most often seen in people who are elderly or middle-aged, but they can affect younger people too.
- Joint Space Narrowing Another potential characteristic of this disease that can pinch the nerves is joint space narrowing. A narrowed joint space forces an alteration in normal joint movement, which can cause the affected spinal joints to impinge on nerves.
- Tumors Tumors can also pinch cervical spinal nerves. These tumors can be malignant or benign. Much like a bone spur, they take up space and can pinch nearby nerves. This is not a very common cause of pinched nerves.
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