Cervical degenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of neck and arm pain.
The cervical spine in your neck is made up of seven bones called vertebrae. Vertebraes are separated by discs filled with a cushioning gel-like substance.
Your cervical discs both stabilize your neck and allow it to turn smoothly from side to side and bend forward to back, acting as a shock absorber.
But over time, these natural shock absorbers become worn and can start to degenerate. The space between the vertebrae narrows and nerve roots become pinched. This process is known as cervical degenerative disc disease.
The current surgical treatment for cervical degenerative disc disease involves removing a diseased or bulging disc in a patient's neck and fusing two or more bony vertebrae.
Keywords: cervical degenerative disc disease; cervical disc disease.