A slipped disc (disc bulge, herniation or prolapse) in the neck can be a cause of neck and arm pain. While it is not as common as a herniated disc in the low back, it is still fairly common. The 30-50 age group is most likely to suffer from this condition.
Patients with a slipped disc in the neck will experience severe pain, which can be present in the neck, shoulder and down the arm. This pain can be exacerbated by neck movements and even by coughing or sneezing. The pain can be so severe it may stop the person from sleeping. Muscle spasm in the neck is common.
Osteopathic treament techniques can help by gently mobilising the vertebra to help restore normal neck movement.
‘Traction’ is a very effective treatment for neck and arm pain. Traction refers to an upward pulling force, which lengthens the neck and relieves pressure on the discs in the neck. By relieving pressure on the discs it helps the prolapsed disc material to shrink back into the body of the disc.
Surgery should be considered in cases where there is intractable pain that is affecting quality of life.