Pain in the neck and back

  • Douglas N. Golding
Part of the Problems in Practice Series book series (PRIP, volume 4)


The most common causes of pain in the neck and back are traumatic and degenerative lesions of the intervertebral discs and the small joints articulating between the vertebral bodies and arches (known as the apophyseal joints). Very common causes are:
  1. (1)

    Degenerative lesions of the discs and small articulating (apophyseal) joints. This is called cervical and lumbar spondylosis (osteoarthritis).

  2. (2)

    Traumatic lesions of the above, often in discs and joints already ‘weakened’ by spondylosis.



Epidural Injection Cervical Spondylosis Degenerative Lesion Lumbar Spondylosis Disc Lesion 
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© D. N. Golding 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas N. Golding
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Princess Alexandra HospitalHarlow, EssexEngland
  2. 2.East Herts/West Essex HospitalsEngland

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