Cervical Herniated Disc Symptoms and Treatment Options
Spinal discs are small, round, flat, spongy, discs found between spinal vertebrae. These discs act as cushions or shock absorbers and help to keep your spine flexible and healthy.
When a disc is herniated or slips, it means that something has happened to cause damage or bulging. Your slipped disc may have occurred do to age, overuse, or an acute injury to your spine.
Symptoms of a Slipped Disc
The symptoms of a slipped disc vary widely depending on the location and extent of the herniated disc. Since your spinal column contains a vast network of nerves, a slipped or herniated disc may cause numbness, tingling, pain, or discomfort to other areas of your body, such as your fingers, feet, or legs. For example, a slipped disc in the cervical spine may result in:
- Chronic back and upper extremity pain
- Numbness in the neck or shoulder region
- Weakness or loss or strength
- Tingling in the fingers, hand, or arm
The fellowship trained spine doctors at Beacon Orthopaedics specialize in helping patients recover from problems caused by chronic conditions and overuse. If you are experiencing discomfort or pain that may be related to a slipped disc or other spine injury or condition, please consider visiting one of our spine physicians for a comprehensive examination and to determine the best plan of action to help you return to a pain free life.
Depending on the severity of your discomfort, there are a number of different treatment options to consider and discuss with a spine care physician. At Beacon Orthopaedics, our spine care team starts with non-surgical treatment options before moving to surgical intervention.
After a comprehensive examination and review of your condition and medical history, a spine physician will most likely recommend starting with physical therapy. In the event that no improvement is seen through therapy or regenerative medicine (also called ortho-biologics) options may be considered.
It is only after viable conservative options have failed that a physician will turn to surgical intervention for a slipped disc. Sometimes medications and injections can help the body heal itself, avoiding the need for surgery altogether.
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Many people will experience a full recovery without the need for surgery. However, if the pain is severe enough and persists through other treatments, surgery may become an option. The spine care team at Beacon Orthopaedics can conduct minimally invasive spine surgery to fix your bulging or ruptured disc and ease your pain if more conservative options have failed.
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