Disc lesion of the Cervical Spine

Problems in the cervical vertebrae can be caused by the material in between the vertebrae sliding out of place and causing pressure on the root nerve endings, which often radiates down the arm causing numbness and pain all the way to the fingers. It is most common in the C4 to C7 levels, which is just above where the trunk of the torso meets the base of the neck. It can occur on either side of the neck and vary in intensity and pain levels due to the stress levels and/or previous trauma to the spine or neck areas.The pain produced by the herniated disc of the cervical spine causes the person suffering from it to be very cautious in movement of the head and neck. It can prevent or cause pain when using the arm or hand, such as lifting objects. Radiating pain and numbness can cause the patient to be unable to do many normal day to day tasks. Impingement of the C4 to C5 discs cause pain and weakness in the top of the arm, on the deltoid muscle. Herniation in the C5 and C6 region of the vertebrae causes muscle weakness in the bicep muscle and the wrist muscles along with numbness in the thumb.

Treatment for cervical disc herniation ranges from physical therapy, massage as recommended as well as surgery to try to correct the problem. Since the cervical area of the neck is so close to many important nerves the least invasive options are tried first before surgery. One of these is the use of a custom made organic pillow for sleeping on because it helps keep the vertebrae in a better position for relief of pain and impact of trauma. Other solutions include improvement of posture, physical therapy and medication to reduce the inflammation in the cervical vertebrae area where the pain is coming from.

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