What is Cervical Herniated Disk – Slip Disc?
The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine in your back are cushioned by round, flat discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine and keep the spine flexible. If they become damaged, they may bulge abnormally or break open (rupture), in what is called a herniated or slipped disc. Herniated Disc can occur in any part of the spine, but they are most common in the neck (cervical) and lower back (lumbar) spine. The seven vertebrae between the head and the chest make up the cervical spine.
What are the symptoms of Cervical Herniated Disc – Slip Disc?
- Neck pain
- Radiating Arm pain
- Numbness or tingling or hand
- Neck Pain can vary from dull, aching, and difficult to localize to sharp, burning, and easy to pinpoint.
What are the causes of Cervical Herniated Disc – Slip Disc?
A herniated disc usually is caused by wear and tear of the disc (also called disc degeneration). As we age, our discs lose some of the fluid that helps them maintain flexibility. A herniated disc also may result from injuries to the spine, which may cause tiny tears or cracks in the outer layer (annulus or capsule) of the disc. The jellylike material (nucleus) inside the disc may be forced out through the tears or cracks in the capsule, which causes the disc to bulge, break open (rupture), or break into fragments.
Herniated discs are much more common in people who smoke.
How is Cervical Herniated Disc – Slip Disc diagnosed?
- Physical Examination: bend your head forward and to the sides while Dr Kevin Yip puts slight downward pressure on the top of your head. Increased pain or numbness during this test is usually a sign of pressure on a nerve in your neck.
- X-ray of Cervical Spine: may be done to rule out other causes of neck pain. However, it is not possible to diagnose a herniated disk by a spine x-ray alone.
- MRI of Cervical Spine: MRI of Cervical Spine will show that the herniated disk is pressing on the spinal canal.
Cervical Herniated disc Treatment
Cervical Herniated disc Treatment. Not all patients with neck pain require surgery. In fact, more than 95% find symptom relief through non-surgical therapies such as:
- Oral Medications
- Anti-inflammatory injections