What are Cervical Disc Lesions?
Your spine consists of 24 individual vertebrae stacked on top of each other. Flexible cushions called “discs” live between each set of vertebrae. The term “cervical disc lesion” means that your disc has been damaged.
Cervical Disc Lesions are one of the most common causes of neck pain and chiropractors are uniquely trained to find and fix this type of pain. According to the British Medical Journal, “spinal manipulation is more effective and less costly for treating neck pain than physical therapy or care by a general practitioner.”
Korthals-de Bos, Hoving, van Tulder, et al. Cost-effectiveness of Physiotherapy, Manual Therapy, and General Practitioner Care for Neck Pain: Economic evaluation alongside a randomized controlled trial. BMJ, Volume 326, April 26, 2003.
Surprisingly, cervical disc lesions are present without any symptoms in over half of the adult population. Since the spinal cord and nerve roots live directly behind the disc, bulges that are accompanied by inflammation will likely create neck pain that radiates into your shoulder or arm. If the disc bulge is significant enough to cause compression of your nerve, you may also experience loss of your reflexes and weakness.
How We Can Help
Getting you back to normal as soon as possible is our number one goal. To do that, we will likely recommend one or more of the following:
Joint manipulation to gently restore movement.
Therapy modalities to ease your muscle tightness, pain and swelling.
Myofascial release to remove your long-standing tightness.
Therapeutic stretching to restore your flexibility.
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.