Herniated Cervical Disc – an issue in the neck
A herniated cervical disc is the condition that occurs when a vertebral disc in the cervical portion of the spine ruptures. The cervical portion of the spine are the vertebrae located just below the skull and in the neck. When a disc ruptures, the gelatinous inner layer of the disc bulges beyond the outer shell. This bulging or herniated disc causes problems when it pushes on the nerves in the spine, which can cause pain and numbness.
Symptoms of a herniated cervical disc
• Shooting pain in either one or both arms
• Burning arm pain in either one or both arms
• Discomfort in either one or both arms
• Numbness or weakness in either one or both arms
Causes of a herniated cervical disc
• Degeneration brought on by the natural aging process
• Heavy lifting
• Injury or trauma
Treatment options for a herniated cervical disc
A doctor will likely try to treat this condition with nonoperative options, to begin with. These may include physical therapy and medications.
Surgical treatment options include Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion. This is where the ruptured disc is removed by a surgeon and a bone graft is inserted in its place. Another surgical option is the Posterior Cervical Laminotomy, where the lamina and spinous process are removed to decrease the pressure that is being exerted on the spinal cord.