Cervical Disc Herniation

disc_herniation_neck.jpgClassic Presentation

The most common complaint following cervical disc herniation is neck and arm pain.  The onset often follows a neck injury; however, it may be slow to present itself.  There is often a past history of multiple bouts of neck pain following minor injuries.  There is also a complaint of weakness in the hand.  The pain is described as a deep ache, and some people reports some relief with the hand held behind the head.


Cause

Nerve root irritation may occur as a result of disc herniation.  Bone spurs may compress the nerve root as well.  Rarely do people over the age of 40 expereince disc hernation because there is essentially nothing left to herniate at that age.

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