“Honey” and her Neck Pain

Brenda Ayers, called “Honey” by her family and friends, started feeling pain and tightness in her neck several months ago. When the pain went down into her upper back and left shoulder blade and got worse instead of going away, Honey went to her doctor and had an MRI. She was told she had cervical disc degeneration and was sent to physical therapy at Elite.

Common Disc Issues

It is important to know the difference in the most common disc issues: herniated/ruptured disc, bulging discs and degenerative disc. It is also to important to understand the symptoms, risk factors and treatment options for disc issues. Most people are unaware that you can experience radicular pain in other parts of your body that originate from common disc issues in your spine.

Ruptured or Herniated Disk

Let’s discuss the anatomy of the spine to learn more about a herniated disk.

The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae, each with a disk in between to act as a cushion or a shock absorber and to prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against each other. The outer layer of a disk is called the annulus which is a tough fibrous tissue that attaches between each vertebra.