A herniated disk can be a serious injury of the neck. It’s caused when fragment of the disc nucleus that is pushed out of the annulus, into the spinal canal through a tear or rupture in the annulus. The spinal canal has limited space, which is inadequate for the spinal nerve and the displaced herniated disc fragment. Due to this displacement, the disc presses on spinal nerves, often producing pain, which may be severe.
Herniated disks can occur in any part of the spine. Herniated disks are more common in the lower back, but also occur in the neck.Sudden stops and whipping motions are common causes of disk herniations.
Common Symptoms of herniated disk include:
- Radiating pain
- Reduced range of motion in your neck
- Numbness in the arms and hands
- Weakness in the arms and hands
Common treatments for a herniated disc include:
- Physical therapy
- Muscle relaxers
- Steroid injections
- Cervical discectomy
- Disc fusion