Herniated Cervical Disc Treatment In Mckinney, TX

by Administrator 4. September 2014 08:49

Herniated Cervical Disc, commonly known by the name of Slipped Disc, is a condition in which the spinal discs that form the neck vertebrae move from its usual position into the spinal canal. The nerve roots or the spinal cord become susceptible to injury due to the bulging disc and cause discomfort. Additionally, the broken disc can also release a fluid that can cause pain and inflammation in the surrounding areas.

Symptoms

  • Pain radiating from the arm to the hand and fingers
  • Pinched nerves
  • Weakness in arms and hands, specifically while grasping something
  • Tingling or numbness sensation in arms, shoulder and hands
  • Sharp or dull pain in the neck or scapula (shoulder blade) that increases while making certain movements in the neck
  • Stumbling or awkward gait
  • Weakness in one or both the legs
  • Difficulty in walking, controlling bladder or bowel functions, and doing fine motor activities with hands

Causes

Mostly, cervical discs displace due to sudden stress or motion like while making movements that can result in extension, flexion or turning of the neck. Accident or falls are the main causes behind a Herniated Cervical Disc. There are many factors that contribute to the chances of developing this condition:

  • Aging
  • History of minor or major trauma to cervical spine
  • Poor lifestyle – not eating balanced diet, lack of exercise, tobacco use
  • Incorrect posture, particularly during sleep
  • Degenerative spine disease
  • Spine injuries

Treatment

In majority of cases, herniated cervical disc conditions are initially given non-surgical treatment which may include having proper rest, modifying activities, doing exercises and prescribing medicines to reduce pain.  The orthopedic surgeon will examine the patient to properly diagnose the problem. He can ask for certain tests like X-Ray or MRI and also prescribe some anti inflammatory medicines. If the problem is not severe the spine doctor may suggest a visit to the physical therapist so that the patient can learn the correct way to do the exercises, massage and stretching of the neck. However if the symptoms continue, the doctor may give stronger medicines or advice surgery to heal the problem. Cervical spine surgery is performed by the spine surgeon and involves little or no pain. In rare cases however an artificial disc may be used to substitute the disc that has moved from its place.

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