Symptoms of a herniated disc in the neck

Neck pain is just one of the many possible symptoms of a herniated disc in the neck. Depending on the specific nerve affected by this degenerative disc disease, a wide variety of symptoms can be experienced, some as far away as the fingertips. Since the symptoms of a herniated disc can sometimes be experienced in seemingly unrelated parts of the body, diagnosing the presence of this degenerative disc disease can be difficult.

That is why, if you experience prolonged, pain-related symptoms that don’t seem to respond to at-home treatments, it is important that you visit your doctor. He or she can help you determine the cause of your symptoms and your best treatment options for pain relief. To learn more about a herniated disc in the neck as well as the treatment options available to relieve your condition, read the following article.

Explaining a herniated disc in the neck

A herniated disc in your neck occurs when the inner disc material seeps through a tear in the tough outer wall of the disc and leaks into the spinal canal. While the actual rupturing of the disc is not usually symptomatic on its own, when the herniated disc material comes into contact with the spinal cord or a nerve root in the spinal canal, a number of symptoms can develop.

This is due to the fact that these nerves often send signals to muscles or muscle groups throughout the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers, and when the regular function of the nerve is interfered with, the muscles connected to the nerve pathway by the nerve can be affected. For example, a pinched nerve in the bottom of the cervical spine (neck) near the shoulder blade may result in pain, numbness and weakness that extends from the neck, through the shoulder and arm and into the fingers.

Other symptoms commonly associated with a herniated disc in the neck include:

  • Neck stiffness or soreness
  • Headaches
  • Muscle weakness in the arms or shoulders
  • Diminished reflexes
  • Numbness, tingling or a burning sensation

Treatment options for a herniated disc in the neck

Treatment for a herniated disc in the neck often depends on the location and cause of the degenerative disc disease, although a combination of nonsurgical methods usually offers effective pain relief. This may include treatments such as pain medication, chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, herbal remedies, yoga and acupuncture.

If you continue to experience chronic neck pain after several weeks or months of treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how one of our minimally invasive procedures may be able to help you find relief from neck pain. Our board-certified surgeons+ perform several types of minimally invasive procedures used to treat the most common spine conditions, including a herniated disc in the neck.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Since our surgery uses a small incision and does not disrupt the surrounding muscles, our patients experience a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open neck surgery, earning us a patient satisfaction score of 96 out of 100.^

To determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient surgery to relieve a herniated disc in the neck, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.* We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.

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