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Bulging Cervical Discs

The cervical region of the spine consists of the first seven vertebrae, from the base of the skull to the thoracic (torso) part of the spine. This is the most flexible portion of your backbone, allowing you to turn your head in all directions. However, because these relatively small bones support the weight of your head, it is also an area prone to injury.

Bulging cervical discs can occur as the result of an event such as whiplash, or they can arise on their own as a result of aging and general activity. As with bulging discs in the rest of the spine, bulging cervical discs are not necessarily problematic in and of themselves. Complications arise, however, when the bulging disc either presses against a nerve or ruptures.

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Bulging Cervical Discs
Symptoms of problematic bulging cervical discs include pain and numbness in various areas of the body, including the arms and legs. The severity and specific nature of the symptoms vary according to the placement of the bulging disc and the degree of pressure the bulge exerts on the spinal cord nerves.

After being diagnosed with bulging discs (often, MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays are used to confirm diagnosis), you will want to weigh your options for treatment. An effective option to traditional open back surgery is the Bonati Laser Assisted Discectomy for the Cervical Spine, a minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery performed at Florida's Bonati Institute for Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery. Most patients experience immediate relief of symptoms following the procedure. For further information on bulging cervical discs and treatment, please visit www.bonati.com.

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