What is Cervical Discogenic Pain Syndrome?
It is symptoms that result from a herniated disc commonly known as a ‘slipped disc’ or ‘bulging disc’ or by degeneration of one or more spinal discs in the cervical spine (neck).
In between each vertebra of a healthy spine, there are soft, spongy discs that act as a shock absorber. The discs in the spine are designed to cushion the vertebrae and prevent the individual vertebra from grinding together and facilitate movement.
What are the symptoms caused by a cervical disc bulge?
You usually experience:
- Immediate pain or pain shortly after the suspected incident
- Pain referred into the shoulders, scapula, mid-back, arm, forearm, or fingers
- Mid back pain
What are the causes of neck pain due a cervical disc bulge?
- Trauma – such as a fall, a motor vehicle accident, whiplash, or a sports injury
- Overuse – such as fatigue or micro-trauma as a result of repetitive motions
- Increase or decrease in cervical spinal curve
- Prolonged stressful postures or habits such as the working on a computer for long period of time i.e. office workers or student
- Sudden unguarded movements
- Degenerative disc disease
Who usually experiences neck pain caused by a cervical disc bulge?
- Approximately 36% of those with spinal intervertebral disc disease (IVD) experience neck pain caused by cervical disc strain
- It is reported to be more common in women than in men
- It is most prevalent in adults aged 45 to 50 years old
If I experience neck pain from a cervical disc bulge, what can I do?
- Ice to the affected area. Click this link for duration
- Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) – it is best to check with GP or pharmacist before use