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Cervical Disk Herniation

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 disk results when the cushion between the 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.