There are 7 vertebrae in total in the neck region. Between the vertebrae, there are structures called discs, consisting of cartilage tissue, which act as cushions. For various reasons, the anterior or posterior protrusion of the disc may exert pressure on the spinal canal and nerve roots. When this picture is seen in the neck region, it is called cervical disc herniation (neck hernia).
Deterioration of discs due to age,
Traumas caused by traffic accidents, crashes,
Weakness of the neck muscles,
Factors such as working in an unsuitable neck position (for example, constant computer use) and inactivity can cause neck hernia.
Neck pain or shoulder pain
It has symptoms such as severe pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the hands or arms.
Most of us have experienced severe neck pain or stiffness at least once at some point in our lives. However, EVERY NECK PAIN DOESN’T MEAN THAT IT’S A HERNIA ❗️ Most of the time, shoulder pain can be confused with neck hernia. Therefore, a detailed examination and evaluation by a doctor is absolutely necessary.
With Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which is one of today’s modern diagnostic methods, neck hernia is diagnosed and its degree can be determined. However, the most important criterion in the diagnosis of neck hernia is the clinical examination and observation experience of the physician.
The treatment of neck hernia depends on the level of herniation and the degree of pressure it puts on the spinal cord. The same complaints may not be experienced in all neck hernias. Therefore, the treatment program should be prepared completely individually, taking into account the complaints of the person.
Strengthening the neck muscles plays an important role in the prevention of neck hernias. It is possible to strengthen the neck muscles with the exercise plan specially created for you by your physiotherapist.
In addition, physical therapy and manual therapy for some pains caused by neck hernia reduce your complaints and prevent the progression of the hernia.