Cervical spine disorders involve the neck bones (vertebrae), and spongy discs between the vertebrae, joints, muscles, and ligaments. They’re caused by injury or degeneration (break down) of the structures in the spine from normal “wear and tear,” stress, smoking, or aging.
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. Common cervical spine disorders include:
- Cervical spondylosis: cartilage and vertebrae wear out abnormally
- Cervical herniated disc: discs between the vertebrae rupture, protrude, or bulge out
- Degenerative disc disease: discs between the vertebrae break down
- Cervical spinal stenosis: spinal canal narrows around the spinal cord
- Cervical myelopathy: spinal cord damage caused by stenosis or degeneration
- Cervical radiculopathy: pinched nerve or compression
Why Choose UHealth?
Internationally-recognized Spine Institute in South Florida. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is part of the renowned Spine Institute where research breakthroughs in spine disorders bring you the most advanced care possible.
Multispecialty care with teams built around your condition. Our rehabilitation team works closely with orthopedic specialists and surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and others to customize your treatment plan. You get a faster diagnosis and better care when we’re all working together for you.
Leading-edge, non-surgical and minimally invasive therapies for cervical spine pain. You have access to the latest approaches to managing pain, including neurostimulation and interventional spine procedures — in a variety of inpatient (hospital stay) and outpatient (clinic) rehabilitation locations close to home.