Typically, a single distinct incident leads to a cervical disc herniation (ruptured disc), but the single movement may be years in the making. As we age, the discs in our spine lose water and elasticity, which can lead to a rupture, often from a simple twisting of the spine or other minor strain. Family history may also play a role.
The symptoms of a cervical disc herniation vary widely based upon severity and location in the spine. The symptoms Dr. Amin commonly sees include:
Most patients with cervical disc herniations do not require surgery, because their symptoms improve with a trial of conservative management. Conservative treatments may be prescribed in combination or individually, depending on your particular case, to ease irritation of the nerve and alleviate pain. These treatments include
If conservative treatments fail to provide adequate pain relief or a patient continues to suffer from loss of motor function, then cervical spine surgery may be recommended for a cervical disc herniation. A large percentage of patients treated by Dr. Amin experience significant relief of pain following surgery.
Surgical procedures Dr. Amin may consider for cervical disc herniation include: