Cervical herniated disk: causes and symptoms of a common but neglected pathology

Cervical herniated disk is a very common disease, but it is difficult to diagnose.

A lot of people suffer from this disease without even realizing it, because they think it’s just a discomfort or a different problem. For this reason, it is very important to understand what it is, its causes and its origins, in order to prevent and cure it.

The term “cervical herniated disk” indicates the release of material from the vertebral disc. In this case, the hernia is located in the upper area of the spine, that is in the cervical tract. Therefore, in this area there is an irritation that looks like a vertebral disc protuberance. This constricts the nerves which go towards the arm and the spinal cord.

Cervical herniated disk: symptoms

The main symptom is pain in the cervical area (a sort of neck pain). Its intensity may vary and radiates towards the arm. Moreover, in the majority of cases the patient also feels arm tingling, lower or no sensibility, no strength, and headache. Sometimes, people who suffer from cervical herniated disk can also feel dizzy, especially when they move their neck and head.

This pathology is considered a benign disease, because it heals with time and the pain disappears in about 6 weeks. Nonetheless, it is a highly annoying disease. Not only it causes pain (even cronic), but it also creates motor problems.

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How to cure this disease

In some cases, it could be necessary to ask your doctor for advice, especially if this pathology hinders your daily life. Usually, if the doctor diagnose a cervical herniatic disk, you can cure it with physiotherapy. This is valid for the milder cases.

Moreover, to treat this disease you can use medicines and a cervical neck collar. In the most serious cases (which are rare), you can resort to surgery, which will remove the vertebral disk.

Cervical herniatic disk: causes

There are many causes. With aging, it is inevitable that the intervertebral disk volume decreases, due to dehydration. Moreover, there can be lesions which can release material. The hernia can occurr also following different types of injuries: whiplash injuries, spine stress, or back injuries.

The best way to prevent cervical herniatic disk is to follow a healthy lifestyle. Obesity, inactivity and smoking are directly related to the developing of this disease. Make sure you always have the correct posture: if you don’t, you might damage your cervical disks and cause the disease.

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ultimo aggiornamento: 20-03-2019