Did you know that one of the most common causes of numbness, weakness, and pain down your arm could be related to a herniated cervical disc?
Other signs and symptoms of a Cervical disc injury in patients are pain/numbness starting in the lower neck which can radiate to the chest, trap, shoulder, and even down through the arm into the hands and fingers.
Definition of a Herniated Cervical Disc
Most commonly defined as a rupture of the annulus fibrosus (commonly known as the rings of the disc that hold the nucleus made up of a jelly like substance in the center). When this rupture occurs the nucleus will herniate/bulge pinching the cervical nerves causing the pain or numbness to occur. This herniation is most commonly one sided and often occurs at C5 or C6.
Causes of Herniated Cervical Disc
There are several reasons why discs herniate. One of the more common causes of a disc herniation/bulge is progressive degeneration. As we continue to age there is increased pressure, and decreased function of the spine which causes a higher risk for injury. Bad posture, trauma, and whiplash injuries are just some of the mechanism of injury that can cause a herniated disc. These factors show how important it is to take care of your spine. Even a minor sports injury can cause decreased function of the neck, which as we mentioned early puts the disc at risk and increase likelihood of further injury .
Treatment of Herniated Cervical Disc
One of the most critical steps to take in the treatment of your symptoms is locating a facility that provides the type of care you need to get back to living a healthy life. At Mountain View Pain Center or goal is to not only free you from symptoms, but to correct the issue to prevent from further injury. We can obtain these goals with our state of the art equipment and doctors with extensive knowledge of spinal injuries. We use traction therapy, scar tissue removal, soft tissue mobilization, physical therapy, and chiropractic care to achieve the desired results.
If you have questions about your condition please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to help. We have offices located in Centennial, CO and Aurora, CO and we accept all major insurances as well as affordable cash plans.