A herniated disc can press on the nerves in your spine and cause pain, weakness, and numbness in your neck, back, arms, and legs.
A herniated cervical disc is one of the most common causes of neck pain. If the disc is pressing on a nerve root, other symptoms can include:
If it presses on your spinal cord, you can experience severe symptoms, including:
If you have neck pain with one or more of the above symptoms, combined with any weakness, you should see Dr Shiva.
It can be hard to figure out exactly what causes a herniated cervical disc. It often comes on slowly with no apparent cause. Causes can include:
Dr Shiva will perform a physical exam to find the source of your pain. He may also check the following:
If Dr Shiva suspects another condition or needs to see which nerves are affected, he may order one or more of the following tests.
Nonsurgical treatment for a herniated cervical disc includes rest and medication to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Physical therapy can help improve the symptoms.
Most people with a herniated disc will not need surgery. Analgesia, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy should improve symptoms within 4 to 6 weeks. But if your pain does not improve, surgery might be an option.
You may require surgery if: