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Herniated Disc Cervical/ACDF - Slipped Disc in the Neck

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A herniated or “ruptured” disc is a common source of neck pain and arm pain.  Discs are the shock-absorbing pads that are between vertebrae, the series of small bones that make up your spine.  Your cervical spine is located in your neck.  At the cervical spine, the discs and joints allow your neck to move and provide stability for your head.  The discs also act as a cushion to protect the cervical vertebrae. 
An opening in the center of each vertebra forms the spinal canal.  Your spinal cord and spinal nerves run through the protected canal and send messages between your body and brain.  A herniated disc occurs when its outer layer ruptures and the contents come out of the disc.  If the contents extend into the spinal canal, it can put pressure on the spinal nerves.  A herniated disc can cause shoulder, neck, or arm tingling, pain, numbness or weakness.  It can also cause headaches.
Most cases of herniated discs resolve with non-surgical treatments.  However, when conservative treatments fail, surgery, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion, is recommended to relieve pain and restore function.
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