When patients experience pain in the neck area, it is due to impinged nerves in the cervical spine in the majority of cases. Cervical spine imbalances and deformities are quite common in patients with busy lifestyles and long work hours. Office workers who are tasked with sitting in front of a computer for long periods are at high risk of developing compressed nerves in the cervical area, since it is easy to develop poor posture habits that place excessive pressure on the neck when spending long hours in a seated position doing computer work. Additionally, cervical spine problems are almost always an issue in patients who have been in car accidents (regardless of the severity of the impact) and are popularly referred to as whiplash
While ailments to the cervical spine are typically reversible and treatable, patients will obtain the best results if the condition is detected before it can progress and worsen. If a cervical nerve is under duress for extended periods without relief, discomfort and loss of sensation and function will spread to the upper extremities. Patients may experience weakness, numbness or “pins and needles” throughout the arms, hands, and fingers. Extensive nerve damage can be severe and result in permanent loss of responsiveness in the muscles than control the upper extremities. This is why early diagnosis and treatment of cervical spine problems is of extreme importance (cervical spinal decompression).