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A 21-year-old female asked:

Symptoms of a herniated cervical disc?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Pain: Pain in the back and, if a nerve is compressed as the result of the herniation , there can be pain, numbness and weakness in the area supplied by the nerve.
Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Arm nerve symptoms: Pain, numbness, tingling, potentially weakness down the arm, particularly associated with head position and shoulder blade pain is suggestive. Needs evaluation and MRI of neck to diagnose.
Dr. Christopher Kager
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Symptoms: Typically pain in neck or radiating down arm, numbness in arm, potentially weakness in arm/hand. Treatment options include: medication, therapy, steroid injections, surgery.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is a herniated cervical disc?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Cervical disc: If really depends on the symptoms and neurological findings. A lot of people are walking around with herniated discs and having no issues and others can have moderate to severe neurological issues. The "dangerous" part is based on what the herniated disc has done to the spinal cord and nerve roots and further risk of potential herniation.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Will ?Traction help your herniated cervical disc?

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Dr. Mehul Desai
Pain Management 19 years experience
It may: A lot depends on the location of the herniation. Proceed with caution and consider starting with gentle manual traction prior to mechanical traction.

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