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Cervical Spine Dysfunction

Cervical Spine Dysfunction, Symptoms and Causes

Cervical spine dysfunction is a cause of neck pain. It may result from everyday wear and tear or a single injury. Dysfunction can also cause secondary muscle spasms, which can lead to additional pain and stiffness. Additional causes of cervical spine dysfunction include accidents (whiplash), degenerative disc disease (discs lose their flexibility and shock-absorbing abilities), osteoarthritis (progressive deterioration of cartilage) and spinal stenosis (nerve passageways between the vertebrae narrow and compress the spinal cord). Symptoms of cervical spine dysfunction include neck pain, pain around the back of the shoulder blades, arm complaints (pain, numbness or weakness) and, rarely, difficulty with hand dexterity or walking.