Cervical disc bulges are fairly common and either appear spontaneously or after an injury. Although disc bulges and herniations occur in the lower back approximately 90% of the time, the cervical spine can also be subjected to wear and tear, arthritis and trauma which can lead to a cervical disc bulge. Symptoms associated with disc bulges in the cervical spine include neck pain, shoulder pain and pain radiating down the arm to the hand and fingers in severe cases.
Auto injuries, whiplash and other forms of trauma to the cervical spine can lead to these painful conditions. MRI usually displays normal water content in the disc; however if the bulge is large enough it can create pain by encroaching upon sensitive nerve roots or the spinal cord.
Conservative treatment may include chiropractic, physical therapy and medical care with short term pain management. In severe cases or those that aren’t responding spinal decompression can be a successful alternative to avoid neck surgery.
Spinal decompression can help repair the pump mechanism in the disc which has always been lost when the disc begins to bulge or collapse.
Many patients come to us stating that they have a disc bulge but have never had an MRI. There is no way to know if a bulge is present without first obtaining an MRI to see the state of the disc is. For example: Is it a bulge, herniation or extrusion. None of these show up on a plain film x-ray. Once we determine what state your disc is in, we can then determine what the best course of treatment will be.
Call the office today at 407-522-5858 for your comprehensive consultation and examination. Don’t forget to bring your MRI films as they are critical to assessing whether or not you are a candidate for spinal decompression.