If you find yourself suffering from pain and stiffness in your neck, you may be asking yourself, ‘Do I have a herniated neck disc?’. Considering that a herniated neck disc, otherwise known as a herniated cervical disc, is one of the most common neck injuries, the chances are relatively high that you do. Here is how to tell:
Symptoms of a Herniated Neck Disc
Most people who have a herniated neck disc will experience symptoms such as persistent pain and stiffness in the neck, numbness or a tingling sensation in a shoulder or arm, often extending towards your fingers, as well as a general sense of weakness in one hand or arm.
Causes of a herniated neck disc
While some people experience a herniated neck disc as a result of an injury, this condition is most common in older adults and can be a direct result of age and wear-and-tear. Herniated neck discs are also said to be genetic. in short, if someone in your family is prone to them, there is a much greater chance that you will suffer from them too.
Treatment of a Herniated Neck Disc
You will undoubtedly be relieved to discover that most herniated neck discs will not require a surgical approach to treatment. There are special herniated neck disc exercises that you can do to help relieve the pain, along with a few non-surgical treatment options to consider. Here at The Head and Neck Centers of Excellence, we recommend our exclusive non-surgical A.S. Remodeling Protocol which relies on postural neuro-movements, physiotherapy, exercises, and iTrac therapy.
If you would like more details on this specific course of treatment for herniated neck discs, or if you would like to book an appointment with our neck doctor, please do not hesitate to contact us.