Herniated Disc in Neck Diagnosis
Herniated discs are more likely to cause neck pain symptoms than a bulging disc and are generally diagnosed and confirmed through MRI or CT scan, or x-ray. Symptoms may have an acute onset and be the first sign of a problem with the disc, despite it having potentially been a bulging disc prior to herniation. Acute symptoms of a herniated disc should be reported to the physician so as to allow them to make an informed assessment of the spine condition. It may be that the patient can then recall previous symptoms of a bulging disc in neck that they had not previously connected, such as weakness, tingling, paraesthesia, and numbness.
Usually a herniated disc in neck is a candidate for surgery as the disc’s outer fibers are unlikely to repair themselves, even with the pressure removed from the disc through traction or other methods. Prompt diagnosis means that the problem should be easier to treat with damage having been limited to some degree.
Last Updated: 02/05/2011