Disc degeneration in the cervical spine is a terribly common ailment. Did you know that over 75% of people under the age of 50 have disc degeneration?
The Nebraska Spine Hospital was one of the first facilities in the region to perform a cervical disc replacement. Because of that, we would like to take a moment to explain what exactly it is and why it may need to be performed.
A cervical disc replacement is a surgical procedure that involves removing the damaged disc and replacing it with an artificial one. Cervical discs are essentially cushions between your vertebrae in your cervical spine, or neck. Over time, these discs can become damaged and become a source of pain for the patient.Did you know that over 75% of people under the age of 50 have disc degeneration? Click To Tweet
Aside from being painful, if damaged discs move out of place, they can place pressure on your spinal cord. This condition is referred to as a disrupted disc. Over time, the body will form bone spurs, or osteophytes, at the site of the disrupted discs. These spurs can cause even more pressure on your spinal cord and even cause neurological symptoms such as pain, numbness, and weakness radiating from your neck to one or both arms.
We urge you to contact your physician if you are experiencing pain. We posted this blog for educational purposes only. Do not take this blog as a diagnosis or professional medical advice.