cervical disc prolapse

Cervical Disk Prolapse

Your vertebrae are cushioned by round, flat discs. In a healthy state they act like shock absorbers. If they bulge or break or rupture, they cause Cervical Disc Prolapse (herniated disc or slipped disc). Herniated disc is more common in the neck and lumbar spine due to the wear and tear of the disc as we age. Practically everybody suffers from neck pain after 30 – 40 years age, which is a part of their life. But, of late, cervical disc prolapse is affecting even very young patients as well, due to utter negligence and lifestyle related issues like erratic and careless driving, improper positioning while working at the desks, etc. Let us understand cervical disc prolapse symptoms, consequences and treatment.

Symptoms

Pain, numbness or weakness in neck, chest, arms, shoulders, hands; weakness in the upper limbs; and, the whole body with difficulty in walking are the symptoms of Cervical Disc Prolapse. Sometimes you may experience unusual tingling in other parts of the body including your legs as well.

Consequences

Cervical Disc prolapse has become a frequent condition now. It may lead to neck pain, which spreads to either one or both the hands, and then usually leads to paralysis.

Treatment

Earlier, this condition was treated by replacing the damaged disc with the patient’s own bone graft taken from the hip bone and fitting the vacant disc space with the metal cages or spacers; and then, fixing theadjacent vertebra with plates and screws. This procedure, used to block the movements at the fixed level, would risk the damage at the adjacent levels to the extent of prolapsing disc again. Therefore, the best treatment option is Cervical Disc Replacement.

The New Treatment Approach

Replacement of the damaged cervical disc with an artificial disc restores movement at that level so that adjacent discs are not subjected to increased strain – a subsequent prolapse. This is by far the best currently available treatment. Another best aspect rather great advantage of this artificial disc replacement is that patient need not have to take rest for months altogether, and can walk on the same day of surgery. Furthermore, the patient can resume his day-to-day activities within a few days after surgery. The patient need not have to wear cervical collars after the surgery.

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