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What Is A Cervical Disk Herniation?

What Is A Cervical Disk Herniation?

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If you have been in a car accident and you suspect you have a cervical disc herniation, you should learn about your injury to make informed medical decisions. The spine is broken into segments for labeling purposes. The neck area is called the cervical spine. The mid-back area is called the thoracic spine. The lower back area is called the lumbar spine. The tail bone is called the sacrum. Each of these sections is comprised of vertebrae, nerves and disks. The disk is the soft material that lies between the bones or vertebrae. The disks act as a cushion or shock absorber that decreases the stress between the bones and allows for neck movement. These disks, when injured, can tear or rupture and the disk can herniate or bulge outward. The severity of the protrusion will dictate the recommended course of treatment. The disks can bulge to the point where they push on the nerves in the spinal column which can lead to paralysis. This is why timely and appropriate diagnosis and treatment after a car accident is critical.



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