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Cervical Disc Herniation, Part 2: Risk Factors & Treatment Options

Herniated cervical disc, more commonly called, “Ruptured Disc” is a condition when one of the vertebrae in the neck, called a cervical disc becomes damaged or ruptured, causing pain in the neck or between the shoulders.


Last time, we started an examination into cervical disc herniation, which compresses nerves of the neck, causing pain and other symptoms. This week, we will explore risk factors and non-surgical treatment options for this painful condition.


Risk Factors for disc herniation:

Although disc deterioration is a natural part of the aging process, there are several risk factors that can contribute to developing cervical disc herniation. These include:

  • Lifestyle choices - tobacco use, lack of regular exercise, and inadequate nutrition

  • Natural effects of aging

  • Poor posture and incorrect body mechanics

  • Neck injury

Non-Surgical Treatment:

Although some patients may require neck surgery, more often, within four to six weeks, most patients find that nonsurgical treatments relieve their pain and other symptoms. These treatments are effective for about 95% of all patients. Non-surgical treatments include:

  • Medications- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) to reduce swelling, a muscle relaxant to ease spasms, and/or a pain reliever.

  • Physical therapy - may include cold and heat treatment, gentle massage, and stretching. Sometimes neck traction is an effective method used in physical therapy.

If you are experiencing neck pain, don’t wait for your family physician; visit Excel Rehabilitation Services on Burnside Ave. in Gonzales, Louisiana. You will receive personalized, professional care from an experienced physical therapist!


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