Bone spurs in the neck (osteophytes) are bony growths that can be responsible for neck pain and back pain. These bone spurs may occur following a fracture of the vertebrae, due to rheumatoid arthritis, ligament degeneration, whiplash, or through general wear and tear resulting in spondylitis. Read more
Neck pain is a common symptom of fibromyalgia, with trigger points clustered around the base of the neck and in the shoulders. Those suffering from fibromyalgia and neck pain may then assume that any neck pain is simply part of their overall condition when, in fact, it can be due to myriad problems including cervical spinal stenosis, temporomandibular joint syndrome, Read more
What is Facet Disease in the Neck?
The cervical facet joints are synovial joints in the back of the spine that are contained within a fibrous capsule. Superior and inferior facet joints interact in order to allow the flexibility of the spine and are, therefore, subject to considerable wear and tear over the years through everyday movement, increasing the likelihood of facet disease in the neck. Although the facet joints themselves do not contain free nerve endings, they are innervated by mechanoreceptors, of which there are more in the cervical spine compared to the lumbar spine. Read more