When a disc in the cervical spine ruptures, soft material from inside the disc can form a bulge that presses painfully against the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Herniated Disc Cervical Overview – What is Herniated Disc (Cervical)?
When a disc in the cervical spine ruptures, soft material from inside the disc can form a bulge
that presses painfully against the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Spinal discs are tough, elastic pads that act as shock absorbers for the vertebrae. They cushion the vertebrae and allow the spine to twist and bend. Each disc has a tough, fibrous outer wall and soft inner nucleus.
A herniated disc can be caused by the normal wear and tear of aging, or it can be caused by traumatic injury to the spine. Typically, small cracks or tears form in the disc’s outer wall, resulting in a weak spot.
A herniation occurs when the disc’s nucleus pushes through the weakened disc wall. The bulging disc material can push into the spinal canal, pressing against the spinal cord and nerve roots.
A herniated cervical disc can cause painful burning, tingling or numbing sensations in the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. It may also cause muscle weakness.
Treatment options for a herniated cervical disc may include rest, immobilization of the neck with a soft collar, anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, injections and physical therapy. If those options are not
successful, surgery may be needed to remove the bulging portion of the disc.