Cervical disc protrusion
What is a cervical disc protrusion?
Symptoms of protrusion
Can a protrusion go away on its own?
Lately, people come to see me with headaches, tinnitus, numbness in the arms after sleeping, or trivial general fatigue and increased irritability (hello psychosomatic!). This is a direct suspicion of a herniated disc or protrusion in the cervical spine.
A cervical disc protrusion is a bulging disc in the cervical spine. The disc has not ruptured anywhere yet; it is simply bulging.
This bulge can put pressure on nerve roots, resulting in radicular symptoms that can be felt all along the arm.
For example, a protrusion of the disc between the C5 and C6 segments of the spine can cause pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in the shoulder up to the thumb. However, there may be no pain in the neck itself.
If a protrusion occurs, blood flow to the brain and blood pressure increase. The interesting thing is that left-sided herniation is much more common than right-sided – this is probably because the left side of the body (not just the spinal column) is not well developed at all.
Very often there is a loss of range of motion of the neck. Which we will definitely test at the appointment.
If you experience symptoms, book an appointment immediately in order to diagnose and treat the underlying cause.
Why does a protrusion in the cervical spine occur?
Uncomfortable sleeping posture
Infections in the neck area
Stenosis of the cervical spine
Spondylosis of the cervical spine
Localised pain in the neck
Can a spinal disc protrusion resolve itself?
There are studies and practice shows positive results if you add
Antispasmodics and gentle physical therapy
Limit activities that cause pain or discomfort.