The herniation of a cervical disc is one of the most common causes of cervical pain (cervicalgia or neck pain). Herniation occurs when an intervertebral disc moves out of its place, there is a tear in the annulus of the cervical disc caused by an accident or pathological causes, and the nucleus pulposus (the gelatinous substance inside the spinal disc) bulges out. A herniated disc puts pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord and causes pain in the patient. When medication fails, herniation needs surgical intervention. The surgeon decompresses the nerve roots/spinal cord by removing the herniated portion of the disc. Grafts are used to fill the empty space created by the removal of the disc.
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