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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

Depending on the severity of the herniated disc, with and without compression of the cervical nerve root, pain from this condition can leave patients with a constant need for pain medication, anti-inflammatory pills, and, at times, cortisone injections.

Following a detailed examination, we will determine if diagnostic imaging is needed and then recommend a personalized treatment plan.

Our unique hands-on approach helps restore normal function to the intervertebral complex reducing the compression on the nerve roots and disc.

Manual therapies will include 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. We will also evaluate various components of your day and suggest necessary corrections with your workstation, sleep habits, and exercise routines.
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