Cervical Disc Disease Specialists

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The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group

Neurosurgery located in Silver Spring, MD

Your neck is especially vulnerable to stress and injuries that damage the cervical discs. As a result, neck problems are in the top five conditions treated with surgery. When you develop neck pain and need exceptional surgical care, the board-certified neurosurgeons at The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group in Silver Spring, Maryland, offer their surgical skill and record of successfully relieving the pain of cervical disc disease. To schedule an appointment, call the office today.

Cervical Disc Disease Q & A

What is Cervical Disc Disease?

The discs between your cervical vertebrae feature a tough, fibrous cover that encloses a gel-like substance in the center. This design allows each disc to absorb shock and support stable neck movement.

Over the years, however, discs lose moisture and start to flatten. In addition to this natural dehydration, daily wear and tear take a toll on the outer covering, creating weak spots or tears that let the inner gel leak out.

These changes lead to problems such as:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Collapsed disc
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint arthritis

Cervical disc disease causes problems such as pinched nerves, restricted movement, and spinal instability.

What Symptoms Develop Due to Cervical Disc Disease?

Neck pain is the primary symptom of cervical disc disease. You may have pain directly caused by the underlying problem, but many patients experience pain because of compressed nerves.

Pinched nerves can cause symptoms that radiate along the nerve and travel down your arm. In addition to radiating pain, you may also experience tingling or numbness. Some patients have electric-shock sensations that occur when moving their heads. In severe cases, you can develop muscle weakness in your arm.

How is Cervical Disc Disease Treated?

In addition to reviewing your medical history and performing a physical exam, your The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group provider may order diagnostic tests such as an MRI, CT scan, myelogram, or electromyography (EMG). An EMG detects nerve damage by testing the electrical activity of your nerves and muscles.

Your treatment for cervical disc disease begins with non-surgical options such as medication, physical therapy, and pain management. If your symptoms don’t improve or get worse, your provider may recommend surgery.

The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group has successfully performed many types of spinal surgery. Depending on the underlying cause of your neck pain, you may need:

  • Anterior or Posterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: After making an incision in the front of your neck (the anterior approach) or the back of your neck (the posterior approach), your neurosurgeon removes the herniated disc and fuses the two bones together. The fusion is accomplished by putting a bone graft material in place of the disc to promote bone growth. Then they attach metal plates and screws to provide stability.
  • Cervical Disc Arthroplasty: After removing the damaged disc, your neurosurgeon inserts an artificial disc. A replacement disc preserves normal motion, while a fusion stops movement.

If you suffer from cervical disc disease or chronic neck pain, call The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group today.