The neck, technically called the cervical spine consists of 7 vertebrae joined together by flexible discs allowing movement in all directions. The neck is the most mobile area of the spine, and combined with the volume of nerves in the area this makes it a very complex and sensitive region. Neck problems can therefore cause many symptoms other than neck pain and restriction, including arm pain, headaches, dizziness, visual blurring, nausea and more.
Whiplash - The common name given to injuries to the neck often sustained in a road traffic accident. Involves strains and sprains of the soft tissues and joints of the neck.
Facet Dysfunction - Where the joints of the neck cause problems including pain and restriction.
Torticollis - Also known as wry neck. Hallmarked by the neck being stuck in a twisted position, accompanied by pain.
Cervical Disc - Marked arm pain with numbness and tingling, radiating from the neck.
Nerve Root Irritation - Tissue inflammation may affect the nerves as they exit the spine resulting in arm pain, numbness, pins and needles.
Brachial Plexus Irritation - Stretch or compression of the nerves that bunch together after exiting the neck. Symptoms are widespread and varied involving the whole arm.
T4 Syndrome - Dysfunction of the joints between the shoulder blades causing tingling and numbness in the hands.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - Compression of the blood vessels and bundle of nerves at the area where the neck and shoulders meet. This causes a whole mixture of problems anywhere from the neck and upper back to right down the arm.