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What causes cervical disc disease?

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Cervical disc disease is caused by a problem with one or more discs -- the cushions that lie between your neck bones (vertebrae). When a disc is damaged -- because of arthritis or something else -- it can cause neck pain from inflammation or muscle spasm. In severe cases, you might have pain or numbness in your arms from pressure on the cervical nerve roots.

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves First of a Kind Medical Device to Treat Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease." Hilibrand, A.S. 1999. Kee Kim, MD, associate professor of neurological surgery and chief of spinal neurosurgery, University of California at Davis.


The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons web site: "Implications of Adjacent Segment Disease After Cervical Spine Surgery."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 07, 2018

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves First of a Kind Medical Device to Treat Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease." Hilibrand, A.S. 1999. Kee Kim, MD, associate professor of neurological surgery and chief of spinal neurosurgery, University of California at Davis.


The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons web site: "Implications of Adjacent Segment Disease After Cervical Spine Surgery."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 07, 2018

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