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Cervical Disc Herniations

Cervical Disc Herniations

A cervical disc herniation occurs when a tear in the outer, fibrous ring (annulus fibrosus) of an intervertebral disc allows the soft, central portion (nucleus pulposus) to bulge out beyond the damaged outer rings, like jelly pressing out of a donut.

A herniated disc in the neck can cause intense neck pain, shoulder blade pain, shoulder numbness that extends as numbness in the arm or forearm, and a weakened grip. A cervical herniated disc can be due to trauma to the neck or shoulder, or can slowly evolve over time as the result of poor posture or increased pressure on the cervical spine.

Some of the terms commonly used to describe this neck pain condition include herniated disc, prolapsed disc, ruptured disc, bulging disc, and slipped disc.


Our Approach

Cox Flexion Distraction therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, and soft tissue therapies such as Active Release Techniques®, Graston Technique®, Transverse Cross Friction Massage, Fascial Manipulation, or Trigger Point Therapy may be used.

Long-term studies have shown that conservative, non-invasive therapies can be more effective than back surgery.

Because low back pain may result from either compression of the nerve or of the disc itself, decompression of the intervertebral joint complex is imperative to improve proper healing.

We will evaluate various components of your day and make necessary corrections to your workstation, sleep habits, and exercise routines.

We always take into account the patient’s unique condition and severity of pain, and will referral you to pain management or neurosurgical expert if necessary.

Following a detailed history and examination we will determine if imaging is needed (X-ray, MRI, CT scan) and then recommend a custom treatment plan.
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