Menu Spine Care Upper Back Cervical Spinal Fusion Cervical Spine Surgery Cervical Spine Surgery and Recovery Cervical Stenosis Medtronic O-Arm Imaging System Neck Pain Neck Pain and Balance Neck Pain and Sudden Weakness Spinal Cord Injuries Spondylolisthesis Your Cervical Spine Can neck pain cause sudden weakness? Injuries, disorders and conditions that affect the cervical spine (neck) can trigger symptoms that extend far beyond the first seven vertebra of the spine. Individuals sometimes complain about weakness in the arms, hands and even legs after a neck injury – even minor ones. Is weakness a normal symptom of a neck injury or condition? Your spinal column has the important job of protecting your spinal canal – the hollow opening that allows nerves and arteries to send signals and commands from your brain to all parts of your body. A slipped vertebrae, herniated disc, arthritis or spinal stenosis can put pressure on those nerves and arteries, interfering with blood flow and nerve signals in other areas. This reduced blood flow or confused nerve signals can make your hands, arms and legs feel weak. Sometimes, serious injuries can cause sudden weakness to appear in one part of your body or throughout your body. This may be caused by whiplash or even more serious damage to the spinal canal. When should I see a doctor about weakness related to neck pain? If you’ve recently hurt your neck or have been experiencing neck pain along with mild or sudden weakness, you should see your doctor. It’s important to have your symptoms evaluated to rule out a serious condition or injury. Prompt diagnosis can also help get you on the road to recovery, and back to your favorite activities, more quickly. Contact Us The team at St. Elizabeth includes surgeons and specialists with unmatched experience in diagnosing and treating injuries, conditions and diseases that cause lumbar and sacral spine pain. Physicians and accredited providers offer their insight on how to best treat your back pain. Meet our non-surgical spine doctors. If you need surgery, our experienced affiliated surgeons will map out a plan that’s tailored to your health history, condition and symptoms. Meet our surgeons.