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How Vertebral Disc Damage Can Lead to Cervical Disc Herniation

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One type of spine damage is cervical disc herniation. The conditionis caused by a ruptured vertebral disc in the neck, according to an article on A herniated vertebral disc allows the disc material to press against spinal nerves.

What exactly is a vertebral disc? And, what factors cause a vertebral disc to rupture? This blog post explains the problems that cause cervical disc herniation.

Vertebral Disc Damage

Vertebral discs are tough, elastic pads that provide protection to the vertebrae, as stated in the article. They offer protection by providing cushion to the vertebrae andhelping inspine movementsparticularly twisting and bending. Each vertebral disc is composed of a tough outer core and a soft inner material.

Causes of Cervical Disc Herniation

Aging is a risk factor of cervical disc herniation. The wear and tear of vertebral discs as  a result of aging can lead to the condition. Another cause of cervical disc herniation is heavy lifting. Sudden movements can also cause vertebral disc damage that leads to the disc herniation. A traumatic spine injury is  anotherrisk factor.

When a vertebral disc ruptures, it will have small cracks or tears in its outer core. The soft material insidecan be pushed out and bulge into the spinal canal. It can also press against the spinal cord and the nerve roots.

Neck Pain as a Result of Cervical Disc Herniation

A person with aherniated cervical disccan feel pain when bending the neck or turning the head. Thepain may even radiate down into the arm and hands.The conditioncan also result in weakness of muscles and grip strength.

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