A herniation can occur for no particular reason, but often is seen after heavy lifting activities or trauma. A cervical disc herniation occurs in the neck. Approximately 90 percent of herniations occur in the lumbar area. Although most herniated discs in both cervical and lumbar areas can be treated conservatively, there are a few instances where immediate intervention is required to salvage motor function of the arms and legs or bowel and bladder function.
Symptoms of the cervical disc herniation can affect the back of the skull, neck, shoulders, scapula, arms, and hands. You may notice pain that radiates from the neck into your arm and fingers. With lumbar disc herniation, pain will radiate in the legs and often into the foot. Other symptoms include:
- Lower back pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle weakness in lower extremities
How we Treat Herniated Discs
Cervical discs normally only require basic treatments such as rest and light physical rehabilitation with surgery being the last option. Should pain persist, the following treatments are prescribed: