People with acute and chronic neck pain or other disorders that affect the cervical spine, an anterior cervical discectomy is recommended.
The human spine is divided into three sections namely the the cervical spine or neck, the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine or lower back.
The cervical spine supports the weight of the head and begins at the base of the skull. The spinal cord that controls the function of the body's various organs and limbs originates from the brain and passes down through the cervical spine. The cervical spine has 7 vertebrae. Between each of these vertebrae are soft pads or discs that act as shock-absorbers and allow for bending and movement of the head.
Millions of people suffer from pain in their necks or arms. A common cause of cervical pain is a rupture or herniation of one or more of the cervical discs. This happens when the annulus, that is the outer portion of the disc tears and the soft nucleus squeezes out. This results in pressure on the nerve root or the spinal cord and causes pain in the neck, shoulders, arms and sometimes the hands. The herniations can occur as a result of aging, wear and tear or sudden stress like from an accident.