Cervicalgia Overview

Cervicalgia is neck pain that does not spread to the upper extremities. The key to effective cervicalgia treatment is identifying the cause. A Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) spine specialist makes an accurate diagnosis and prescribes a symptom-reducing treatment plan.

Symptoms & Causes

Cervicalgia symptoms include:

  • Dull, persisting pain
  • Sharp, stabbing pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Common cervicalgia causes are:

  • Arthritis
  • Accidents
  • Overuse
  • Poor posture
  • Sports injuries
  • Weak neck muscles

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat the overwhelming majority of cervicalgia cases. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA spine specialist may recommend:

  • A soft collar neck brace
  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain medications
  • Heat
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest and ice

Surgery is not used to treat cervicalgia.

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