One that experiences neck pain with pain running into the shoulder, arm and hand may be experiencing a herniated disc of the neck. This injury is not as common in the neck as it is in the back because of the structure and supportive soft tissue in the neck area, but it can occur. Usually a herniated disc in the neck is a result of a severe trauma.
Disc herniations in the neck are most commonly found in the area where the cervical spine is transitioning into the thoracic spine. This is where the greatest motion of the neck occurs.
Conservative physical therapy treatment for herniated disc in the neck include pain modalities, range of motion and general strengthening along with cervical traction. Surgical treatment may be necessary and may include removal of the disc or a part of it or cervical fusion when significant nerve involvement is present.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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