Cervical Herniated Disc
A cervical herniated disc is a spinal condition that occurs when the soft, gel-like center of the disc erupts out of the tough outer lining. For effective and reliable Neuro Spine Care, CMW is the answer.
Cervical Herniated Disc
A cervical herniated disc is a spinal condition that occurs when the soft, gel-like center of the disc erupts out of the tough outer lining.
The human spine has 33 vertebrae. The Vertebrae are small bones that interlock with each other to form the spinal column. The vertebrae are divided into five main sections; Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacrum, and Coccyx. There are seven movable vertebrae in the Cervical spine (neck region) numbered C1 to C7.
In the Cervical region, an intervertebral disc lies between adjacent vertebrae. This disc acts as a ligament and connects the vertebrae to each other. It also provides flexibility and movement between the vertebrae in the cervical region. The cervical intervertebral discs consist of two parts: a soft, gel-like inner core and a tough outer lining made of fibrous cartilage.
A cervical herniated disc or a slipped disc occurs when the outer lining of the disc ruptures.
When the disc ruptures, the soft inner core of the cervical disc comes in contact with the spinal nerve roots, it can cause numbness, tingling, and even pain as it touches or suppresses the cervical nerve roots. A ruptured disc puts pressure on the spinal column causing a pinched nerve.
As the soft center is squeezed out of the lining, the gap between the two vertebrae narrows down. This causes friction, damage, and degenerative disc disease. Furthermore, a herniated disc can lessen the flexibility and movement of the spinal column. If left untreated, it may cause spinal stenosis and /or cervical radiculopathy.
Symptoms of Cervical Herniated Disc
The symptoms of a Cervical Herniated Disc are:
- Pain while moving the arm, which may affect the hand as well.
- Pain in or near the shoulder blade.
- Neck pain upon sideways or downwards movement of the neck.
- Muscle spasms.
- A numbness or tingling sensation in the arm.
- A weakness in the arm muscles.
The symptoms of a herniated cervical disc may vary from patient to patient. Some patients experience dull, aching pain, whereas others experience sharp, burning pain. However, motor and sensory deficits are common among all patients. If a patient has a weak grip and a numb or tingling sensation, they should contact their physician at once.
Treatments of Cervical Herniated Disc
Two treatment options are available for herniated cervical disc:
Non-surgical treatments are the first course of action for treating a herniated cervical disc. There are four common options for non-surgical treatments:
An individual diagnosed with a herniated cervical disc can treat themselves by limiting muscle activity, taking OTC drugs for pain-alleviation, and applying ice/heat therapy.
The patient can also approach their physician for treatment. Physicians often prescribe anti-steroid and anti-inflammatory pain medication to provide relief from pain. They may also prescribe muscle relaxants. A herniated cervical disc heals in 4-6 weeks. The anti-inflammatory medication helps manage the pain and reduce swelling until the disc heals itself.
Physicians also recommend physical therapy to patients. Physical therapy allows the patient to recover in as little time as possible. It also decreases the chances of re-injury.
Steroid injections are another non-surgical treatment option. They are injected in the epidural space to numb the painful area and reduce inflammation. Injections are administered repeatedly for a prolonged effect.
Minimally Invasive spine surgery for a herniated cervical disc is considered if symptoms persist even after all non-surgical treatment options have been exhausted. A panel of expert physicians and spine specialists considers the age and medical history of the patient to determine the suitability of spinal surgery and spinal fusion. The most popular surgical options are:
- Anterior cervical discectomy & fusion (ACDF)
- Artificial disc replacement
- Minimally invasive microendoscopic discectomy
- Posterior cervical discectomy
Our board-certified neuro-spine surgeons will discuss your options with you and choose the one which is most effective for you.
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