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Cervical spine syndrome

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Synonym: Cervical vertebra syndrome German: HWS-syndrom, Halswirbelsäulenkrankheit

1 Definition

Cervical spine syndrome is a collective name for a multitude of very diverse orthopedic and/or neurological set of symptoms that emanate from the neck-shoulder-arm region.

2 Classification

Cervical spine syndrome is classified according to several dimensions.

2.1 According to progression

  • Acute cervical spine syndrome
  • Chronic cervical spine syndrome

2.2 According to radiation of pain

  • Local cervical spine syndrome
  • Pseudoradicular cervical spine syndrome
  • Radicular cervical spine syndrome

2.3 According to localization

  • Upper cervical spine syndrome
  • Lower cervical spine syndrome

2.4 According to causes

  • Functional cervical spine syndrome
  • Degenerative cervical spine syndrome
  • Post-traumatic cervical spine syndrome

3 Causes

A cervical spine syndrome is often a consequence of degenerative alterations of the cervical vertebrae, which lead to the irritation of the cervical spinal nerves. It can however also be functional, i.e. without any clinically traceable morphological alterations in the skeleton. Potential causes are:

4 Symptoms

The pathology of the cervical spine syndrome is complex. Cervical spine syndrome can appear with or without neurological disorders. The typical symptoms, among others, are:

In several cases paresis can additionally arise in the area of the arms

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