Cervical Herniated Disc
A cervical herniated disc is a condition that occurs when the inner nucleus of a spinal disc bulges out and presses against the spinal cord or nerve roots in the neck. This can cause pain, weakness, and other symptoms in the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.
Causes of Cervical Herniated Disc
Cervical herniated discs are most often caused by degenerative changes in the spine, such as wear and tear from aging or injury, that weaken the outer layer of the disc and allow the inner nucleus to bulge out. Other factors that can contribute to a herniated disc include heavy lifting, repetitive stress, and poor posture
Signs and Symptoms of Cervical Herniated Disc
The symptoms of a cervical herniated disc can vary but may include neck pain, headaches, weakness in the arms or hands, tingling or numbness in the arms or hands, and pain that radiates down the arm. In severe cases, a herniated disc may also cause changes in bladder or bowel control.
Treatment for Cervical Herniated Disc
Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for cervical herniated disc. A comprehensive physiotherapy evaluation will include a thorough assessment of the neck, including range of motion, strength, and neurological function. Based on the results of this evaluation, your physiotherapist will develop a customized treatment plan to address the underlying cause of your pain, including exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and posture, manual therapy to reduce pressure on the affected nerve, and pain management techniques such as ice or heat therapy, electrotherapy, or massage. In some cases, your physiotherapist may also recommend the use of bracing or taping to support the neck and reduce pain.
In summary, a cervical herniated disc is a condition that occurs when the inner nucleus of a spinal disc bulges out and presses against the spinal cord or nerve roots in the neck. Physiotherapy can help relieve pain and improve function, reducing the risk of chronic pain or long-term discomfort. Trustworthy and experienced physiotherapists will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals.