A cervical herniated disc is diagnosed when the inner core of a disc in the neck herniates, or leaks out of the disc, and presses on an adjacent nerve root. It usually develops in the 30-to-50-year-old age group. While a cervical herniated disc may originate from some sort of trauma or neck injury, the symptoms commonly start spontaneously.
A herniated disc in the neck can cause a variety of symptoms such as neck pain or radiating symptoms to the arm, hand, and fingers, as well as parts of the shoulder and upper back. The pain patterns and neurological deficits are largely determined by the location of the herniated disc.
In general, patients usually are advised to start with a course of conservative care (non-surgical) prior to considering spine surgery for a herniated disc, but for some patients early surgical intervention is beneficial. Our conservative approach at Danbury Chiropractic and Wellness is treatment through the use of spinal decompression, also known as the Cox Technic. This specific spinal adjustment technique is designed to reduced pressure in the discs creating less pressure on the spinal nerves. Drs. DiLorenzo and Cerutti are 2 of 4 chiropractors in the state of Connecticut that are certified in this specific adjustment technique which is designed to treat disc herniations. Therefore if you have pain associated with a disc herniation or know someone who suffers from neck and arm pain please call our office for a consultation with one of our doctors.