Your friendly Chiropractor in Chandler AZ, Dr. Dan Rae, is back at the computer this morning to discuss a condition in the neck that is very common, but it does not get near the press that this same condition gets in the low back. I am talking about a Cervical Herniated Disc.
As we age, it becomes less and less likely to suffer from a Cervical Disc Herniation because as we age the disc begins to shrink and there is essentially less or no nucleus pulposus left to herniate after the age of 40. However, as seen in the image above that when a disc does herniate it can cause nerve root irritation. This generally occurs after a neck injury or multiple bouts of minor neck injuries.
These individuals come into my office complaining of neck and arm pain that came on rather gradually after experiencing some sort of trauma to the neck, or multiple minor traumas as stated before. They also complain of weakness in the hands, and they describe the pain in the neck as a deep ache that is sometimes relieved by placing their hands behind their head.
The majority of the time with a Cervical Disc Herniation, we tend to avoid manipulation of the neck in the affected area. However, cervical traction and other therapies have proven to be very effective in the treatment of a Cervical Disc Herniation. Home traction twice daily for about 15 minutes has proven very effective for some patients. These patients generally see a decrease in their symptoms within a few days.
When it comes to a Herniated Disc, no matter the area, I always manage these cases with a neurologist to determine the best possible treatment for the patient.
If you are suffering from Neck Pain, call us today at (480) 366-4041. We can help!