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Ways a degenerative cervical spine can lead to a collapsed disc

A degenerative spine describes the deterioration of the components of the spine as a result of the wear and tear endured by these structures throughout the years. The neck portion of the spine, called the cervical spine, is especially prone to degeneration, as this area is responsible for a wide range of movements. As we age, a degenerative spine can eventually lead to other spinal conditions, such as a cervical collapsed disc. This condition refers to a spinal disc that has lost its normal height.

If you have a degenerative spinal condition, you may be wondering exactly how this can lead to a cervical collapsed disc. Here are three of the most common ways this can happen:

  1. Degenerative disc disease. The spinal discs slowly become dehydrated as we age. They can eventually lose enough water content that they lose some height, causing them to collapse.
  2. Herniated disc. As we age, spinal discs also become more brittle and susceptible to damage. The tough outer layer of a disc may develop a tear and allow some of the inner, gel-like material to escape, which can cause the disc to lose its height.
  3. Bulging disc. A disc that has not torn can still weaken and become misshapen, resulting in a bulging disc. This damaged disc may eventually lose height, herniate or otherwise continue to deteriorate.

Receiving treatment for a cervical collapsed disc

Initial treatment for degenerative spinal conditions, including cervical collapsed discs, typically involves a combination of conservative options. Your physician may recommend pain medications, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications and other treatments that aim to alleviate your symptoms. However, if your symptoms persist or worsen, you may eventually need to consider surgery as the next step.

USA Spine Care specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery to treat a wide variety of spinal conditions, including cervical collapsed discs. Our outpatient procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open surgery, making them a clinically appropriate alternative in many cases.^ You can find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures by submitting a recent MRI for a free review.*

Contact us today to learn more about receiving cervical collapsed disc treatment at USA Spine Care.

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