Obstructions such as a disc prolapse (herniated disc) or narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) can put pressure on your cervical nerve roots causing pain in your neck, shoulders and arms.

Mild cases of brachialgia can be treated with over the counter pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. If your symptoms persist or increase see your GP. Physiotherapy may also be helpful.

If conservative treatments are not successful you may be referred to a spinal consultant. They may order x-rays or an MRI scan. Based on the results of these procedures your consultant may recommend a further course of treatment.