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What is a herniated cervical disc?

A cervical herniated disc is when an intervertebral disc suffers a tear in its covering and the inner gelatinous core of the disc is expelled into the spinal canal. It can present in several different ways. Typically, patients can complain of neck pain, along with a pain that radiates from the neck down along the arm, along with weakness or numbness in the arm. In some cases, the herniation can be significant enough to cause compression of the spinal cord. This results in weakness of the arms, legs, balance difficulty and manual dexterity loss.

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