What Does A Herniated Disc Feel Like?

"What Does A Herniated Disc In The Neck Feel Like?"
by Dr. Benjamin Geddes

It’s a good question. I mean, there's a lot of ways that people can present with a herniated disc. Typically, it's a combination of neck pain and usually pain in the arm. It can go all the way down to your finger. Certain fingers can be involved. Sometimes the entire hand is involved. It depends on the particular distribution. It can be associated with numbness as well. Sometimes that's burning or a tingling sensation. Sometimes it's true numbness where you can’t actually feel something touching your arm.

Also, commonly people have pain in their shoulder blade or what we call periscapular pain. It's a really common complaint. As well as sometimes headaches at the base of the skull that sometimes can radiate around towards the front of the skull, but more typically are kind of at the base of the skull in the back.

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