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What Is a Cervical Herniated Disc?

A cervical herniated disc happens when there is a tear in the hard disc wall. The gel-like center then penetrates the wall causing an irritation to your spinal nerves. The pain happens because the spinal nerves become inflamed and swell. Many times, patients experience relief when the herniation begins to shrink. Patients should look to see if their pain gets better in six weeks. If the pain doesn’t reduce in six weeks, then you should seek medication attention

The symptoms of a herniated disc

Common symptoms, include:

  • Pain in the right or left side of the neck
  • Difficulty when turning the neck from side to side or when bending the neck
  • A feeling of numbness or tingling in the fingers and hands
  • Shoulder pain which radiates down the arm
  • Pain near your should blade• Some patients have muscle spasms
  • The biceps, triceps, and hand muscles may feel week

What causes cervical herniated disc?

Getting older is the main cause People in their 30s and 40s tend to develop it the most. This is because as you age, your discs harden and dry out. The disc wall can weaken. A cervical herniated disc can also occur due to an injury or not lifting something the right way. Other negative factors include smoking, genetics, and certain types of work or hobbies.


The information contained in this blog is for educational purposes only. This blog does not create a doctor/patient relationship.
Before starting any exercise routine, or changing other habits, speak with an experienced pain management doctor.

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