Neck pain can range from a stiff neck to a more serious condition requiring surgery. offers information for patients with diagnosis ranging from herniated discs to cervical deformity, and surgical treatment options including the artificial cervical disc. Although generalizations about the diagnosis and treatment of spine disorders are commonly applicable, each patient’s treatment plan needs to be individualized. Two patients presenting with similar spine pathology may need different treatment depending on the circumstances of age, sex, or previous spine surgery as well other medical problems. This website is not intended to replace a consultation with your physician, but is to be used as an aid in making informed decisions about your health care.

What is Neck Pain?

Neck pain affects approximately 80% of people at some point in their lifetime. It may result from sleeping the wrong way, poor body mechanics (such as poor posture, or holding the telephone between your shoulder and ear), or from an injury. Symptoms of cervical spine include:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arm pain
  • Tingling in the arms, hands, or fingers
  • Numbness in the arms, hands, or fingers
  • Sharp pains in the arms, hands, or fingers
  • Weakness in arms
  • Loss of fine motor coordination – such as changes in writing, difficulty buttoning
  • Frequently dropping items
  • Weakness in legs
  • Tripping or stumbling when walking
  • Weight loss
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Nausea