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‘Disc herniation’ common cause of neck pain

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Like back pain, neck pain can be severely debilitating.

Disc herniation is a common condition that causes neck pain, in which the central region of the disc protrudes through the outer ring of the disc.

This can be caused by trauma, such as whip lash, repetitive twisting or overhead movement, or even several episodes of neck pain that weaken the disc overtime then cause it to herniate due to a minor incident. People who have a herniated disc in their neck often experience pain that radiates into their arm.

They often describe the pain as burning, stabbing or tingling, like electricity moving through their body.

This pain may intensify when coughing, sneezing or moving your neck into certain positions.

The first step in treating herniated discs involves conservative methods such as anti-inflammatories, physical therapy and cortisone injections. If conservative treatment methods fail to relieve the pain and an individual’s quality of life continues to decline, it’s time to discuss surgical options.

Advancements in fusion and disc replacement procedures continue to improve outcomes for neck surgery and restoring patients’ quality of life.

Fortunately, through Cone Health’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence, individuals in the community suffering from back pain can receive top notch care from their exceptional network of orthopedic specialists.

Spokesperson Background:
Dr. Dahari Brooks is an orthopedic surgeon at Greensboro Orthopaedics and a member of Cone Health’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence.

Dr. Brooks received his Bachelors of Science degree in neuroscience from the University of Rochester, and received his Doctor of Medicine from Cornell University Medical College.

He completed his surgical internship and orthopaedic residency at the University of Rochester and his spine fellowship at the State University of New York at Syracuse University.

His training focused on degenerative conditions of the spine as well as spinal malignancy, trauma and deformity.

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