Near the bottom of the cervical spine—the uppermost portion of the spinal column—lies the C6 vertebra. From underneath this vertebra runs the C7 spinal nerve root on its way to innervate portions of the hands, wrists, and arms.
Conditions and Symptoms
As is the case with all of the cervical vertebrae, beneath the C6 vertebra resides an intervertebral disc designed to cushion the spine. Because these discs are subject to wear and tear or injury, they may rupture or herniate, placing pressure on the spinal nerve root nearby—a condition known variously as a ruptured disc, herniated disc, slipped disc, or pinched nerve. If this were to happen to the C7 nerve root, a patient might experience the following symptoms:
- Pain down the arm and into the middle finger
- Numbness or tingling in the neck or arm
- Loss of mobility in the neck
Outpatient Treatment Options
At Laser Spine Institute (LSI), we have the knowledge, experience, technology, and equipment to address such painful spine conditions. Our award-winning surgeons will employ our minimally invasive outpatient procedures to address and treat the source of back pain without the discomfort, pain, inconvenience, and added risks involved with open back surgery. For a free review of your last CT scan or MRI, or for more information, contact LSI today.