Treating Cervical Disc Herniations in Lakewood, Colorado
Cervical disc herniations occur when the outer layer of an intervertebral disc in your neck weakens and tears. This can cause pain, numbness, and tingling down your arms and into your fingers. When left untreated over time, cervical disc herniations can cause severe pain and further problems along your spine.
Typical symptoms of a cervical disc herniation include neck pain, shoulder blade pain, and shoulder numbness. Some patients may notice numbness in the arms, hands, or forearms. Patients can also experience a weakened grip and other issues. The most common cervical disc herniation symptom is pain in your neck.
Cervical disc herniations can be caused by trauma to your neck or shoulder. Sometimes, cervical disc herniations occur due to long-term issues – like poor posture or increased pressure on the cervical spine over time.
A cervical herniated disc is also known as a prolapsed disc, ruptured disc, bulging disc, or slipped disc.
How Does a Cervical Herniated Disc Occur?
Your cervical spine consists of 7 vertebrae in your neck. These vertebrae are labeled from C1 through C7, going from the top to the bottom. These vertebrae are separated by small, jelly-like discs. These discs allow comfortable movement of the cervical spine. However, discs can degrade or weaken over time, which ultimately leads to disc herniation.
When the disc “tears”, it affects nerves along your cervical spine. Depending on which section of your spine was affected, you might experience symptoms in different nerves. Different nerves can cause different cervical herniated disc symptoms.
C4-C5 (C5 Nerve Root): Herniations at this level can cause shoulder pain and weakness in the deltoid muscle at the top of the upper arm. This does not typically lead to numbness or tingling.
C5-C6 (C6 Nerve Root): A herniation here can cause weakness in your biceps and wrists. You may notice numbness, tingling, and pain on the thumb side of your hand. This is one of the most common types of cervical disc herniations.
C6-C7 (C7 Nerve Root): Herniations in this area can be felt in the triceps and the fingers. You may notice numbness, tingling, and pain down your triceps and into your middle finger. Along with C5-C6 cervical disc herniation, C6-C7 herniation is the most common type of herniation.
C7-T1 (C8 Nerve Root): C7-T1 herniation occurs at the very bottom of your neck – the place where your cervical spine connects with your thoracic (upper back) spine. If you experience a herniated disc in this area, then you may notice weak handgrip strength along with numbness, tingling, and pain down your arm to the little finger side of your hand.
How Chiropractors Help
Chiropractors specialize in treating cervical herniated discs. Dr. Jumper performs advanced chiropractic care from his state-of-the-art clinic in Lakewood, Colorado. After a detailed examination, Dr. Jumper will determine if diagnostic imaging is needed for your cervical herniated disc. Then, we’ll recommend a personalized treatment plan.
Your treatment plan may include manual therapies like Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP), 3-Dimensional Adjustments, The Pettibon System, and 3-Dimensional Mirror Image Exercises. It may also include soft tissue therapies like Active Release Technique, Transverse Cross Friction Massage, Facial Manipulation, and Trigger Point Therapy. We’ll also evaluate various components of your day, then recommend any necessary corrections with your workstation, sleep habits, or exercise routines.
Schedule your free consultation today and enjoy world-class chiropractic care for cervical disc herniation in Lakewood, Colorado! Call 720-493-5885.