There are a lot of possible back problems, and some are more painful than others. One of the most painful back problems is that of a slipped disk. A slipped disk is a common term for a complex condition which causes a lot of pain. When it happens to the upper portion of the spinal column, it is also called a cervical herniated disk.
In medical terms, a cervical herniated disk occurs on the upper part of the spine, from the C4-C5 segment to the C7-T1 segment. As a slipped disk, there is really no slippage, but more of a leakage. A disk cushions each of the spinal segments. When one disk becomes herniated, the disk fluid presses on the nerves both inside and outside of the spine. This causes pain to radiate outward from the spine.
Depending on where the slipped disk occurs, there are common problems which ensue. These could range from weakened arm muscles, tingling sensations or numbness, as well as shoulder pains. The pain can even cause a weakened hand grip or pain in the fingers. Due to the inter-connectedness of the tissues and the nerves, the pain, numbing, tingling or poor control of the extremities can be traced to the pain from the slipped disk. Although doctors have a general idea of which disk might be affected, they do not discount the possibility that the occurrence of pain might be from some other disk, not just what is normally the cause. Each person is different, and the pain which results from a herniated disk can cause a totally different set of conditions from the other persons, or even from the norm.
A slipped disk, in any part of the spine is a serious matter. It can be debilitating, and it can also cause poor muscle control, besides the pain at the source of the problem. The arm pain is usually treated separately, and can be controlled allowing the person to have full recovery. However, there may be more tests and therapy to relieve the pain at the spinal area. For those suffering from recurring pain, Spine Tech might be able to help with a holistic approach which can also help prevent the recurrence of pain.
Incidence of slipped disk is more common as a person ages. This can be due to poor exercise, brittle bones or the bone’s poor flexibility and resilience. Repetitive activities or injuries can also cause a herniated disk on the neck. There is any number of possible causes for a herniated disk. In the same manner, there are also other possible causes for the pain. The doctor’s job is to find the cause and treat it accordingly.
Pain therapy for a cervical herniated disk can be the immediate solution. However, it will require tests before a proper diagnosis can be arrived at. The doctor can do a physical examination of the patient which would include the back, shoulders, neck, arms and hands. In some cases, it may also be necessary to have an X-ray or an MRI in order to find out exactly where the pain is coming from.
A herniated disk is a painful experience. What is even more painful is when it occurs near the neck area, as in the case of a cervical herniated disk. The pain from the neck area connects to the arms and fingers and this can be more troublesome than the pain at the upper back.