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Disc Prolapse

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What is it?

A Cervical Disc Prolapse is when the soft inner core of the discs, that are located between the vertebrae in your cervical spine (neck/upper back) extrude through a tear in the outer ring. This can put pressure on nerve roots in the area leading to pain felt in other parts of the body.


• Shoulder pain - pain may be present in the deltoid muscles but does not normally cause numbess or tingling • Radiating arm pain - pain radiates down along the arms • Weakness in the arms and/or hands - may be noticed when gripping objects • Tingling or numbness in arms and hands • Pain in arms and hands

When to see a doctor or consider surgery?

You should see your doctor if symptoms are severe, that do not improve over time and/or worsen. Surgery can be considered if non surgical treatments do not relieve symptoms.

How is it diagnosed?

An appointment with your doctor is normally enough to diagnose a prolapsed disc, they will use your medical history and symptoms to help the diagnosis. A physical examination may be carried out to examine posture whilst standing and walking, as well as muscle strength and reflexes.