Cervical Symptoms from Degenerative Disc Disease
Cervical degenerative disc disease refers to when a cervical disc is the actual source of pain in the neck, possibly from twisting or falling on the neck but more likely from day-to-day wear and tear on the cervical spine.
Cervical symptoms related to a degenerative cervical disc may include a stiff neck and/or numbness, tingling, and weakness in the neck, arms, and shoulders as a result of a cervical nerve that has been irritated or pinched by the degeneration. Such cervical symptoms may persist for several months and fluctuate in terms of intensity. Degenerative Cervical Disc Treatments:
- Neck Exercises
- Chiropractic Manipulation
- Cervical Spine Surgery
Patients with a degenerative cervical disc will typically begin with non-surgical treatments (NSAIDs, exercise, chiropractic, physical therapy, etc.) to seek cervical pain relief; however, if such treatment proves ineffective, a cervical spine surgery that removes the disc or fuses the spine may be necessary.
While not as common as degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine (lower back), cervical disc disease nevertheless is a relatively common source of neck pain.