Neck pain can be caused by a cervical disc problem. Many people are told they have neck discomfort that is caused by a disc condition but is that, indeed, the cause of the pain or could it be from something else?
This article will give insight into the make-up of the human spine, causes of pain of the neck and possible safe, non-surgical treatment for neck discomfort.
The spinal bones of the neck are called the cervical vertebrae. Disc-like pads lay between the vertebrae. They are a shock absorbing type of tissue for our neck. As we bend our neck the discs become compressed on the side of pressure and become wider on the side of less pressure.
Disc herniation is a term that is used frequently. Slipped disc, ruptured disc and bulging disc are also expressed and can mean something similar. What matters is if the disc is the actual cause of the problem.
If the disc is irritating a nerve or the spinal cord it may induce pain, or it may be painless if it does not. It’s interesting how many people have been found to have a disc derangement with an MRI but, had no pain at all.
What’s important with neck pain is what the patient, subjectively feels and what the doctor’s objective examination reveals. If the patient is having arm pain, weakness or pins and needles and the examination shows weakness of the muscles of the arm or reduction of sensation of the affected arm, it can indicate a cervical disc injury. If the symptoms and objective exam results aren’t as previously mentioned, the cause of the problem is from something else. Usually this is from misaligned or improperly moving vertebrae of the cervical spine which irritates the joints of the neck. These joints are called façet joints and are the most frequent cause of neck pain.
Chiropractic treatment can be very effective in helping both a cervical disc problem and a cervical facet joint condition. For over 125 years chiropractors have been helping people with mechanical neck and arm pain. Chiropractic treatment is safe and natural and doesn’t involve the use of surgery.
A doctor of chiropractic can take action to correct the malpositioned vertebrae and to restore normal movement of the facet joints. Chiropractors are primary care professionals for relieving spinal neck pain. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat physical, mechanical alignment problems of spine pain.