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Degenerative cervical disc: Meaning, symptoms, causes, and treatments


Neck pain and radiating arm pain due to wear and tear

Degeneration of discs is a normal consequence of aging. Every person aged 60 or more experiences some degree of disc degeneration. [1]

Requires a medical diagnosis
Often requires lab tests or imaging
Is an extremely common case of severe pain
Can be acute in most of the cases

Degenerative cervical disc is a common cause of neck pain and radiating arm pain that can be caused between the cushioning discs in the cervical spine. The discs start to break down due to wear and tear. As the disc loses all the hydration present inside it, it offers less and less cushioning to the spine and becomes more and more prone to cracks and tears.

Ages affected - Between 20 and 30 - Often; Between 30 and 40 - More often; 40 and above - Most often


Symptoms may include a stark pain in between the bones. Weakness and numbness can occur anywhere beneath the neck.

People may experience
Painful areas - Neck, shoulders, arms, and legs
Weakness - Around the regions and back of the neck
Bowel movements - Loss of proper bowel movements and coordination


Self-Care: For pain around the neck region, taking supportive measures around the neck while sitting or sleeping can help in pain management.

Medications: For difficulty in movement, painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs can be used.

Specialists: For other kinds, consult a specialist. Here at mfine, we are here for you and your family to help you with different medications and a complete treatment plan.

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