Cervical Disc Herniation Treatment
The cervical spine in the neck has six spinal discs that provide cushion and support for the cervical vertebrae. When degenerative disc disease or injuries cause damage to any of the spinal discs, they can herniate or bulge outside of their designed space. Our spine surgeons at DOCS Health can diagnose and offer cervical disc herniation treatment at our orthopedic clinic in Los Angeles.
Spinal discs are the shock absorbers for the spine. They provide a cushion between each of the vertebrae and help protect the spinal cord and nerves. Each disc has a tough outer layer with a softer interior. When the outer layer is herniated from an injury or degenerative issues, the soft interior can bulge or leak. When a cervical disc herniates, the leaking substance can cause an inflammatory response if it comes in contact with nerves or the spinal cord.
Symptoms of Herniated Cervical Disc
Cervical disc herniation is more likely as a person ages. The spinal discs become brittle with age, increasing the risk of tears or herniation from normal activities or from a neck injury. Cervical disc herniation does not always cause symptoms. If the disc does not leak on nerve roots or the spinal cord, there may not be any pain or discomfort. However, many people with a herniated cervical disc will have symptoms, including:
- Neck pain
- Radiating pain into the shoulder, arm and hand
- Shocking sensation
- Numbness or weakness in arm or hand
If a cervical disc herniation is causing pain and functional symptoms, treatment options begin with non-surgical options. Physical therapy, NSAIDs, rest and ice can help relieve pain. In some cases, an epidural steroid injection may be recommended to relieve pain during rehabilitation. If the disc is severely damaged, surgery may be required. Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) or posterior foraminotomy/discectomy are possible surgical treatments.
If you have symptoms of a herniated cervical disc, contact our experienced spine specialists at DOCS Health. We provide herniated cervical disc treatment at our medical center in Los Angeles.