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Cervical Disc Disease

Cervical disc disease describes the degenerative process discs of the cervical spine undergo as individuals age. This disease is generally caused by the degeneration of the disc material of the spine, which causes loss of vertebral body height and places excessive pressure on the already weakened disc. This stress eventually causes the disc to bulge out into the spinal canal. In severe cases, the disc material can rupture the outermost layer of the disc into the spinal canal.

Cervical Disc Disease

After the age of 40, most individuals face disc degeneration in one form or another. Pain in the spinal discs is usually due to the discs drying out or minor tears or cracks due to injuries or overuse. Any type of disc pain should be addressed by a qualified pain management specialist like the professionals at Monarch Pain Management. 

Symptoms of Cervical Disc Disease

Cervical disc disease that has progressed and becomes symptomatic often results in:

  • Neck and back pain that either suddenly appears or develops gradually over time
  • Numbness and/or weakness that may radiate from the neck to the arm and hand
  • Nerve issues and neurological symptoms in the upper ligaments 

Treating Cervical Disc Disease

If symptoms of cervical disc disease intensify, leading to pain, various treatments can be taken to alleviate symptoms. The first phase is usually non-surgical and self-care treatment options that can help effectively manage the pain. In some cases where symptoms persist or worsen despite treatment or the health of the spinal cord deteriorates, surgery can be an option.

  • Lifestyle modifications and adequate rest. Lifestyle changes such as moderate activity, maintaining a correct posture, and refraining from sudden movements can reduce pain. Quitting smoking, proper hydration, and a healthy, balanced diet can also benefit disc health.
  • Medication or injections for pain management. Different over-the-counter pain management medications such as anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS such as Advil or Aleve) can help during bouts of pain. Muscle relaxants and oral steroids can also be prescribed.
  • Heat and ice therapy. Patients have reported relief by applying a heated gel pack or ice pack to the painful area of the neck.
  • Physical therapy. Physical therapy is an essential part of treating cervical disc disease. At Monarch Pain Management, we will work with physical therapists to develop a set of exercises and muscle stretching regimens to alleviate while improving muscular strength.

The Best Treatments are at Monarch Pain Management

Monarch Pain Management has the tools needed to provide personalized pain management plans for patients with cervical disc disease.

Dr. Aaron Przybysz is a double-board certified pain management physician experienced in helping patients manage chronic pain conditions so that they can live an active and full life.

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