The C4 vertebra
The C4 vertebra is the fourth vertebra in your neck, which sits level with the top of your thyroid cartilage, also known as the Adam’s apple. The C4 vertebra issues the C4 vertebra issues the C5 nerve root, which stimulates portions of your arms and wrists.
Your neck is the uppermost section of your spine, and it contains the smallest and most unique vertebrae. It is also the most flexible part of the spinal column, as it supports the full range of head movements and the weight of the head. That’s why the spinal discs that separate the cervical vertebrae are more vulnerable to weakening or injury.
If one of these discs bulges or herniates, it could press against a spinal nerve, causing pain, tingling, numbness and loss of mobility. If the C5 nerve root — which could be affected by the disc below the C4 vertebra — is compressed, it could lead to pain or other symptoms in the thumb side of your arm. If left untreated, these symptoms can become debilitating.
Minimally invasive treatment
You should speak with your doctor if you are experiencing chronic neck pain. Your doctor may recommend conservative care, also known as nonsurgical treatment. This can include pain medication, chiropractic care and exercise among others.
If haven’t meet your pain relief goals after extended nonsurgical treatment, your doctor may recommend surgery. Be sure to research the minimally invasive options available at Laser Spine Institute before deciding which procedure is right for you.
At Laser Spine Institute, our surgeons can treat spine conditions such as herniated discs, stenosis, arthritis and others. Our outpatient procedures are often the clinically appropriate first choice over traditional open neck surgery and offer many benefits, such as smaller incisions and shorter recovery times.^
To receive more information about our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures, contact us today. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.