Neck diseases will pose different impacts on patients’ daily life and work. Herniated cervical disc is a common disease. Nanoori Hospital Shanghai is capable of applying minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of various neck diseases. In addition to timely receiving professional medical treatment, patients should be aware of the posture or habits causing a burden on the neck and pay attention to daily care.
Herniated Cervical Disc
Herniated cervical disc occurs when a gel-like disc in the neck is damaged or presses the nerve roots.
The neck consists of seven vertebrae, and in between each vertebra is a cervical disc. A disc is a gel-like material that softens the movement of the neck and endures pressure. Herniated cervical disc occurs when a vertebral disc is damaged and the inner core of the disc, also known as nucleus pulposus, escapes.
Major symptoms of herniated cervical disc
• Pain in the back of the neck, shoulders, or the arms
• Numbness in a specific area of an arm or the hands
• The fingers become weak or experience partial paresthesia when writing or grabbing an object
• Weakening of the arms
• Legs tremble when walking up and down the stairs
• Feel painful when turning head to the side.
Treatment for herniated cervical disc
The initial symptom of herniated cervical disc is feeling pain or numbness in the back of the neck, shoulders, or arms. The pain is usually tolerable, and can be treated with a physical therapy or drugs. It may take up to 6 weeks to treat the symptom.
However, if a patient experiences severe pain while sleeping or performing daily activities, or physical therapy and drug treatments are not in effect after 6 to 8 weeks, a surgical treatment is recommended.•
• Microscopic foraminotomy
• Artificial disc replacement
Possible Causes of Neck Pain
• Use of high pillows
• Sitting in a forward head posture for a long time
• Habit of pulling neck forward to see things clearly due to low vision
• Inability to maintain correct posture due to overweight
• Wearing ill-fitted shoes
• Damage on neck bone or joint due to external impact, such as car accident
• Habit of resting head on a hand
• Habit of sleeping on stomach