Be suspicious of numb hands and shoulder pains [손 저림·어깨 통증 심하면 의심해봐야]
# Possible causes of hand numbness and shoulder pain
A 46-year-old lady visited the hospital because her hands suddenly became numb. She was worried that there might be a problem with the blood circulation or that there was a problem with the peripheral nerves.
Herniated cervical disc, commonly known as the "neck discs," causes the intervertebral discs, or discs, to slip out of place and press on the cervical nerves, causing pain. At this time, depending on the location of the disc and the degree of nerve compression as well as pain in the neck, various symptoms may appear. One of the common symptoms is numbness of the hand or arm. Simply because of poor blood circulation or anomalies of the arms or shoulders, you need to be careful because you can worsen the disease by self-diagnosis.
# The various symptoms of neck discs
When the disc between the cervical collar and the bone ruptures or escapes, the cervical nerve is irritated or compressed, causing pain in the neck, shoulders, back, and arms. Depending on the degree, location and orientation of the disc, headaches, tinnitus, dizziness, numbness in the hands and/or limbs, and even stool disorders.
As such, it is very important that the symptoms of the neck disc be accurately diagnosed through consultation with a specialist, examination, and overhaul rather than self-diagnosis.
# The increasing number of neck discs among the youth
The neck disc, like the lumbar disc, is one of the biggest causes of degenerative changes in the spine. Since it is one of the degenerative diseases, the age of incidence was high, but recently, many young people also have the disease. This is mainly due to the lack of proper spine posture when using a computer or using a mobile phone for a long time.
The Nasaret International Hospital Spine Center performs x-rays, neurological examinations, and MRI for accurate diagnosis of neck discs. If the initial symptoms of the neck disc is not severe, medication, physiotherapy, pain treatment, posture management, exercise, etc. may help, and if the condition exacerbates despite such efforts (conservation treatment), disc removal can be performed.
Endoscopic or microscopic disc removal minimizes spinal and disc injuries, resulting in rapid recovery and early return to daily life. If your symptoms get worse and you're having trouble with your daily routine, you may want to have a joint replacement that turns the diseased disc into an artificial joint.
# Temple position to prevent neck discs
To prevent neck discs, do not lean your head or put your head forward. You should also avoid maintaining one posture for a long time. Keep your chest straight and your shoulders and head up properly. Straighten your waist so that it stretches well.
Proper neck stretching is helpful, but the usual twisting or twisting of the neck, which is commonly seen around the neck, is a bad way of stretching the neck disc.
Written with the help of Dr. Lee Jong Seon, Head of the Spine Center at Nasaret International Hospital
Original Article by Kiho Ilbo, published on 2019 Apr 24
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