Cervical Disc Prolapse
When a cervical disc ruptures or protrudes into the spinal canal, two entities could result from it. If the disc is prolapsed on the sides, away from the spinal cord, and pressing on nerves, it causes pain along the nerves of the arm and forearm and over the backside of the neck and near shoulder blades ( a condition similar to sciatica) The vast majority of such cases resolve with non-operative treatment such as pain medicines, collars, and other rehabilitative measures. A weakness of arm, forearm, or hand or persistent pain despite 6-8 weeks of medical treatment indicates surgery(ACDF).
Other entity caused is Cervical myelopathy which is disussed in other sections
Common treatment modalities are
1) Medical treatment and physio
3) Cervical ACDF