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What is a cervical disc?

A: The term cervical disc refers to a spinal disc -- or intervertebral disc -- located in the neck region. The cervical disc is a flat structure made of specialized connective tissue. It sits between pairs of cervical vertebrae, or neck bones. The cervical vertebrae are interlocking bones in the neck that form the upper portion of the spine. There is no cervical disc between the first and second cervical bone, which are called the atlas and axis, respectively. A cervical

Are cervical disc replacements going to replace cerival fusions?

A: cervical fusion is still the standard procedure for any surgical treatment of cervical disk herniation and cervical spondylosis that produce intractable neck and radicular arm pain that is unresponsive to conservative methods of treatment and also for those causing nerve root and spinal cord compression. The reported success rate of cervical fusion for relief of pain is above75% and the surgery takes about 1-2 hrs to perform. But notwithstanding its success rate, there is a great interest in a revolutionary change from fusion to artificial cervical disc replacements. This is because the failure of the bone to fuse with the adjacent vertebral...


cervical disc rupture

A: Lee, Thank you for your question. disc herniations can be thought of as either contained or non-contained, with containment referring the location of the inner gel-like disc material, called the nucleus pulposus. Basically, the various terms to describe a herniated disc refer to how far the disc has deformed beyond its normal boundaries. Contained disc herniations are those in which the disc has deformed or displaced, but the inner nucleus pulposus has not escaped from the confines of the disc fibers. Non-contained disc herniations (generally associated with a ruptured


bulging cervical disc and cervical spurs

A: Kimberly, You ask what kind of surgery you would need -- probably because you don"t know of any alternative.  I don"t recommend any surgery until you have had training to reduce muscular contractures in your neck. Bulging discs, bone spurs and nerve root compression occur in the presence of muscular contractures (generally reflexively caused by injuries such as the ones you have had).  Contractures are muscles caused to tighten by the nervous system, as a protective reaction -- unnecessary once healing has occurred. My best advice to you is avoid surgery until you have had clinical somatic education to address the muscular contractures.  That"s something surgery can"t correct (although bone spurs can be removed surgically). May I direct...


What is cervical disc fusion?

A: cervical fusion is the fusion of one or more vertebral segments to each other by a bone graft and/or instrumentation (screws, cages or other hardware). The results hopefully reduce the pressure on nerves involved that cause the underlying problem. A complication of the procedure is that there is non union of the bone fusion as well as deterioration of the disc above and below the fusion site. Second and third opinions, if available, are recommended when undergoing such a drastic form of spine intervention...


Will hands swell from bulging cervical discs?

A: It''s unlikely that the bulging discs could be causing swelling of the arm. This would cause a range of symptoms like pain, numbness, tingling and so on but not swelling. However in some cases, the pain is severe and the patient limits movement of the arm. This can cause moderate swelling, especially if you have a problem with circulation in the arm. The swelling is more likely due to a problem with blood circulation, lymph drainage or edema as a result of inflammation. You should see a doctor as soon as you can and take note of any other symptoms that are associated with this swelling....


cervical disc herniations

A: Toni, First of all, the main problem that you are having is that everyone you are going to see is 4th rate at best.  What I mean by this the following: If you put a rubber band around your finger what you would find shortly is that the end of the finger would change color typically red.  Then soon enough that finger may start to experience altered function (not working the way it normally would or should).  Then you may start to feel pain in that finger and enough to the point of going to see a doctor.  This doctor does all kinds of diagnostics on the function of the finger and offers various drugs to block the pain receptors from transmitting pain.  Then they may even give you exercises to do to strengthen your finger, or a special diet to help fortify the cells...


What is the difference between cervical disc Herniation and cervical disc Encroa

A: cervical disc HERNIATION:- cervical herniated discs less common than lumbar herniated discs cervical disc herniations are far less common than lumbar disc herniations for two reasons: There is far less disc material in the cervical spine There is substantially less force across the cervical spine When they do occur, most cervical disc herniations will extrude out to the side of the spinal canal and impinge on the exiting nerve root at the lower level If the space for...

Why would cervical disc disease cause balance problems?

A: disc disease can occur anywhere in the spine, and cervical disc disease affects the neck area (seven cervical vertebrae and discs). Severe disease might interrupt normal spinal cord function, which can cause balance problems. The disease usually results from trauma, injury or aging.IdentificationDegenerative disc disease, herniated disc and black disc are the same. Essentially, a disc (jelly-like cushion between each vertebrae) loses fluid, and its center protrudes outward against the spine, and more than once disc can be involved. With nerves...

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