Neck or cervical disc compression occurs when a disc bulges or becomes herniated, putting pressure on spinal nerves in the neck, causing neck or upper back pain or even a loss of sensation. Treatment, which can reverse disc compression, usually includes rest, immobilisation, medication, ice, heat and exercise.
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Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen relieve initial pain and inflammation, according to Spine-Health.com. For more severe symptoms, you doctor may prescribe oral steroids.
For cervical disc compression caused by a herniated disc or other conditions, your doctor may recommend rest and/or traction, reports EverettClinic.com.
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Using ice for 10 to 15 minutes every two to three hours helps control inflammation and pain. Heating pads can also be effective if used between 15 and 20 minutes, says MayfieldClinic.com.
Neck exercises encourage blood flow once the swelling and pain have subsided, increasing flexibility as well as strengthening neck and adjacent muscles. This will enhance stability in the neck vertebrae, reports the Mayfield Clinic, and relieve pressure on the compressed disc.
According to the Mayfield Clinic, with proper treatment, a compressed cervical disc from herniation or other condition usually heals in four to six weeks.
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