Cervical Spine Conditions Treatment Newport Beach & Orange County, CA
Minimally Invasive Treatment of Cervical Conditions in Orange County
The cervical spine is made up of the first seven vertebrae in the spine, starting just below the skull and ends just above the thoracic spine. The cervical spine is more mobile that the other regions of the spine. The upper two vertebrae in the cervical spine, called the atlas and the axis, are the reasons our neck can rotate or move in so many directions.
While the cervical spine is very flexible, it is also highly at risk for injuries from sudden strong movement, such as whiplash. There is limited muscle support around the cervical area so sudden of the head and neck can cause damage to the bones, ligaments, or the arteries that carry blood to the brain.
Cervical disc degeneration is a common cause of neck pain. Cervical degenerative disc disease is much less common than disc degeneration in the lumbar spine because the neck generally is subjected to far less torque and force. Cervical conditions can come from degeneration spurred by injury to the cervical disc or from accumulated wear and tear on the disc.
Cervical Conditions General Symptoms
Depending on the conditions, symptoms for Cervical Spine Conditions can range from low-grade pain of a stiff neck, numbness, tingling, or even weakness in the neck, arms, or shoulders as a result of pinched or irritated nerves in the cervical area.
Cervical Spine Disc Replacement
Cervical spine disc replacement surgery is a procedure that involves removing a degenerated or damaged cervical disc and replacing it with a device or artificial disc. Cervical discs provide cushion between the bones in your spine and neck (cervical spine) area. If a disc moves out of position, in even the slightest, it can cause pressure on the nerve root or on the spinal cord. This can cause neurological symptoms leading to pain, numbness and/or weakness.