One of the most common medical issues that our Manhattan spine surgeon, Dr. Andrew Casden, sees and treats is his patients is when the patient has a cervical herniated disc. When you have a cervical herniated disc, which is a herniated disc in the neck, it can increase the pressure on your spinal cord or the sensitive cervical nerve roots. Similar to having a herniated disc in your lower back, having a cervical herniated disc involves the material from the affected disc protruding from the disc itself and infiltrating into the spinal canal, resulting in the uncomfortable pressure and irritation of both the spinal cord and nerve root.
There are several possible symptoms that can alert you to having a cervical herniated disc that needs the attention of our Manhattan spine surgeon. These symptoms may include but are not necessarily limited to: weakness of the arms or legs, a sudden feeling of pain or numbness that travels from your neck all the way down your arm (this means that it is following the pathway of the nerve that has been irritated as a result of the herniated disc), difficulty walking, trouble with your balance, and possible neck pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should visit our Manhattan spine surgeon right away.
During your appointment, Dr. Casden will be able to evaluate your symptoms and medical history in order to propose a diagnosis. The diagnosis of having a cervical herniated disc will need to be confirmed with an MRI. If you do end up having a confirmed diagnosis, our Manhattan spine surgeon will then recommend the treatment that is best for you. Often, symptoms can improve with time, but there are treatments that can help quicken the relief, including physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and steroids. If these treatment options are not effective for you, Dr. Casden may suggest surgical methods.
If you are interested in learning more about the conditions we treat and our treatment methods, we invite you to visit our Manhattan spine surgeon website for additional information, including informative videos. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our services or any other related topic, do not hesitate to contact us by calling our office or sending us a message using the form on our website. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Casden, either call our office directly or request your desired appointment date and time online.