A healthy spine has three natural curves that make an S-shape. These curves absorb shocks to your body and protect your spine from injury.
What are the symptoms of cervical spine problems?
One of the main symptoms of a cervical spine disorder is neck pain. You may also have pain in the head, jaw, shoulders, arms, or legs, as well as numbness and weakness. Other problems include impaired coordination or balance, difficulty breathing, or loss of bowel and bladder control.
What parts of the body are affected by the cervical spine?
In the cervical spine, there are eight pairs of spinal nerves labeled C1 to C8, which innervate the neck, shoulder, arm, hand, and more.
How serious is cervical spine?
While uncommon, as with all surgery there are a number of risks and potential complications that can occur as a result of a cervical decompression and fusion surgery, including: Hemorrhage or formation of a wound hematoma. Damage to the carotid or vertebral artery resulting in a stroke or excessive bleeding, even death.
What are the symptoms of cervical nerve damage?
Cervical Radiculopathy Symptoms
- Sensory issues, such as numbness or tingling in fingers or hands.
- Motor problems, such as muscle weakness, lack of coordination, or the loss of reflexes in your arms or legs.
What happens if you let a pinched nerve go untreated?
If left untreated, it may lead to permanent nerve damage. The most common symptoms of a pinched nerve include neck pain that travels down the arms and shoulders, difficulty lifting things, headache, and muscle weakness and numbness or tingling in fingers or hands.