Cervical Disc Disease can initially present itself as something as simple as a neck that’s occasionally stiff or sore. It can then evolve into a radiating pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the shoulders and/or arms that can sometimes even extend to the hands. As the disease progresses, it can result in loss of reflex or motor function.
Methods of Diagnosis
A basic physical or neurological exam and imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI and CT scans, are typically used to diagnose Cervical Disc Disease.
Methods of Treatment
Usually, Cervical Disc Disease can be effectively treated with a regimen of regular exercise and over-the-counter medications. In more severe cases, physical therapy and steroid medications are used in combination. Surgery is rarely needed. However, in those instances when it is, there are now a number of effective, minimally invasive procedures worth considering.
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