Finding relief from cervical neuralgia

Cervical neuralgia is a term for pain and other symptoms associated with nerve dysfunction or injury in the cervical (upper) region of the spine. This can be caused by different conditions, but the common symptoms can be very disruptive to your quality of life.

The cervical spine supports the head and protects the spinal cord while being flexible enough to allow for a wide range of head movement. Over time, the combination of weight and added stress from movement causes wear, which can lead to degeneration of the spinal anatomy.

While degenerative spine conditions are not always symptomatic, bone spurs, herniated discs or deteriorating spinal joints can cause painful compression or irritation of the spinal cord or adjacent nerve roots, resulting in neuralgia.

Symptoms associated with cervical neuralgia

The nerves that branch off from the cervical spine give sensation to the upper body, including the head, neck, shoulders, arms and hands. When nerve compression occurs within the neck area, it can produce the following symptoms related to cervical neuralgia:

  • Sharp or constant pain in the neck, shoulders or upper back
  • Pain or a burning sensation that radiates along the length of a nerve, down the arm and into the hands and fingers
  • Pain associated with rotating or twisting the head
  • Tightness or stiffness in the neck, shoulders or upper back
  • Tenderness when the area is touched
  • Headaches

Treatment for cervical neuralgia

Conservative treatment methods, such as pain medication, exercise or spinal injections are often effective at managing symptoms associated with cervical nerve compression. However, surgery may become an option if chronic symptoms persist after a full course of conservative therapy. If your doctor suggests that you explore surgical options, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our minimally invasive outpatient procedures may be able to help you.

As the leader in minimally invasive surgery, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from chronic neck or back pain. Our outpatient procedures offer significant advantages compared to a traditional open back procedure, including a shorter recovery time^ and less risk of complication.


To find out if you’re a potential candidate our minimally invasive spine surgery, reach out to our caring and dedicated team today for your no-cost MRI review.*