Cervical Disc Degeneration

Degeneration of the cervical disc occurs as we age. Injury, daily wear and tear, and genetics also contribute to this process. Degeneration consists of damage to the cervical disc, which may then become narrowed or may herniate.

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Causes and symptoms of cervical disc degeneration

Cervical disc degeneration may cause symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in the arms or shoulders, and may also cause neck pain. The available treatments are directed at these symptoms and do not represent a cure for the degenerative process.

Neck Pain

Pain, Numbness, or tingling in the arms or shoulders

Weakness in the arms or shoulders

Non-Surgical Treatments

If cervical disc degeneration is established as a diagnosis, your physician may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Rest and/or heat
  • Electrotherapy and/or Physical therapy
  • Injections
  • Bracing
  • Pain management modalities
  • Pain medicine

Surgical Procedures

If symptoms do not improve with other methods, your physician may suggest spinal surgery. Surgical solutions for cervical disc degeneration may include:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) Surgery
  • Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery




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