Spinal Disorders – Herniated Cervical Discs
Many people have herniated spinal discs and are blissfully unaware of the fact, experiencing no symptoms whatsoever from the disorder. Others experience an array of symptoms due to disc herniation, and these symptoms can compromise quality of life to a varying degree.
Herniated Disc – Not Just a Sore Neck
In between each vertebral body (the bones of the spine), there is a rubbery cushion called a disc. These cartilage discs have soft centers and are encased in tough exteriors, and their purpose is to hold the vertebrae together, protect the bones from rubbing against each other, and provide a degree of flexibility, all while protecting the spine.
Sometimes the disc can rupture or herniate; this occurs when part of the softer center of the disc pushes out through a crack in the tough exterior. Most common in the lumbar spine (lower back) can also occur in the cervical spine (neck). Herniated discs cause irritation to the local nerves, resulting in pain, tingling, weakness and numbness. They can also press on the spinal cord.