Cervical Disorder

Cervical DisorderCervical disorder is a common discomfort and constant irritation and sometimes unbearable pain. The cervical spine is the area of the neck and is the backbone there composed of the first seven vertebrae of the spinal cord.These seven bones, also known as vertebrae, are divided by discs containing a cushioned gel-like substance. The cervical discs support our neck and allow us to turn it from side to side, up and down smoothly. The discs also cushion the neck bones and prevent them from rubbing against each other.

Later on, these discs may begin to wear out and start to disintegrate due to injury and aging. The space found between the vertebrae will narrow down and nerves can become pinched or compressed. This condition is known as cervical degenerative disc disease.

According to certain studies, more than half of the population age 40 years and older experience a degenerative disc disease. As the tissues begin to worn out, the neck will be less supple and pain and stiffness may be experienced.

Another cervical disc disease is a slipped disc or herniated disc. This condition happens when the disc bulges out, creating pressure on the spinal cord or even on the nerves. This may be a slow process but it can occur suddenly after a trauma or injury to the neck.

Expected Symptoms with Cervical Disorder

Pain

Pain in the neck is a common problem or symptom felt in any cervical disorder. The cervical vertebrae are made up of different structures like muscles, bones, joints and ligaments. Each one of these contains nerve endings that are very sensitive in detecting painful problems.

The cervical spine and its structures are balanced and made to handle movement, strains and stressors. But when these parts get damaged or start to wear, it can cause pain and discomfort.

Weakness

Weakness may not be a common symptom for most cervical disorder of the spine however when this is felt it means that you have a severe nerve compression. When there is weakness, you may have trouble balancing your head. Weakness in your arms may affect the way you work since you may drop off things and you may even have difficulties in eating or writing.

Numbness

Numbness is a common symptom of a cervical disorder. But this symptom may be difficult to describe. What causes numbness? Numbness is usually a result of a pinched nerve. A nerve that is pinched causes the flow of blood to be restricted on the nerve and tissues. With this, the membrane cannot receive an enough supply of blood needed for it to function well and to transmit electrical charges. When the nerves stop to do its function, the skin will get numb and other areas would not function normally.

Treatments for Cervical Disorder

Physical therapy is a common treatment where cervical tractions are used or manipulation of the muscles is done to lessen pain and stiffness. Physical therapy involves range of motion exercises and correct postures.

It is expected that the pain should lessen or improve with conservative treatments. If you feel numbness or weakness, contact your doctor immediately. The doctor may need to find another treatment plan, including surgery as an option.

Discectomy is a surgical procedure used in treating cervical disorder due to degenerative processes. The surgeon will be removing the worn out disc and replace it with an artificial one made of metal.  Cervical fusion may also be done where a piece of bone is implanted in the spaces found between every vertebra.  And as it begins to heal, it fuses with the vertebrae.