If you’ve been experiencing persistent pain in your neck, a spine
pain specialist in Miami may diagnose you with cervical disc herniation.
The cervical area is the top portion of your spine. Each of the bones
in your spine is cushioned by an intervertebral disc, which rests between
the bones to separate them. A
herniated disc, sometimes called a bulging disc, means that the inner material of the
disc is bulging out of the exterior edge. Like herniated discs elsewhere
in the spine, a disc problem in the cervical region can be caused by repetitive
stress on the area or acute physical trauma. People may be more likely
to develop a cervical disc herniation if they are obese, are of advanced
age, or smoke.
Not all herniated discs cause significant symptoms. However, if the bulging
disc material presses against a nearby nerve, the symptoms can become
quite severe. When a disc in the cervical region is affected, the patient
is likely to experience pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders.
Some patients also suffer from shooting pain, numbness, and tingling that
extends down the arms.