A herniated disc in the neck occurs when one of the seven cervical discs that provide cushion between each vertebra starts putting pressure on a nerve root, or worse, the spine.
The discs are doughnut-shaped, spongy cushions that fit between each vertebra to absorb shock and tie the vertebrae together to ease bending and twisting.
Discs are made of cartilage that holds a jellylike substance. If the cartilage tears and leaks, the condition is called herniation, also known as a ruptured disc or slipped disc.
The combined team of orthopedic spine and neuroscience specialists at Norton Leatherman spine
is the premier destination for patients in Louisville, Southern Indiana and beyond with herniated disc in the neck, also known as cervical radiculopathy or a pinched nerve in the neck.
Our skilled physicians have the experience to identify the correct treatment for a broad range of spinal conditions — including the most complicated issues — as well as neck pain and arm pain that affect many patients every day.
Our specialists know surgery isn’t right for everyone. If simpler treatments don’t work, and relief will come only from an operation, you’ll want surgeons at the leading edge of technology, using minimally invasive procedures.
Lumbar disc herniation refers to this condition in the lower back and tends to cause pain in the back and legs.
With a combination of nonsurgical, surgical and innovative techniques, we can help relieve a herniated disc in the neck.
Severe disc herniation in the neck may be treated with surgery if the condition causes pain or weakness, or if it worsens.
New advances allow for minimally invasive approaches with less recovery time and less postoperative pain. Surgery reduces pain and restores function by removing bone and ligament overgrowth or disc material compressing the nerves.
The expertise of our surgeons helps us choose the right procedure the first time, minimizing the risk for complications or additional surgery.
Depending on your case, our surgeons may perform a minimally invasive discectomy or laminotomy to remove the part of the herniated disc in your neck causing pain.
In a minimally invasive procedure, we make small incisions through which we can remove the herniated disc. This relieves pressure on the nerve and helps relieve pain.
A smaller incision means you can get back on your feet faster and resume living your life. Patients typically go home the day after surgery.
Norton Leatherman Spine is a combined team of orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons from Norton Neuroscience Institute and pain management specialists who provide care for adults and children from Louisville and Southern Indiana, as well as from across the region, nation and world.
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