A herniated disk results when a damaged intervertebral disk, which serves as a cushion between the vertebrae, has a tear in its outer covering.
A herniated cervical disk results when the cushion between the neck vertebrae releases its inner gel-like material, possibly compressing a spinal nerve or pressing on a spinal cord. The severity of injury to the cervical spine — the upper portion of the spine including the neck and just below the neck — depends on where the spine was damaged. The bony spine protects a tube-like spinal column with its nerves that help control muscles to various sections of the body.
If you or a loved one suffers from spinal pain, you owe it to yourself to call Southwest Scoliosis Institute at 214-308-0227 to make an appointment.