Slipped Disc in neck Symptoms, Exercises and Recovery Time

Slipped Disc is one of the major causes of continuous pain in neck. In medical terminology Slipped Disk in Neck is known as Cervical Disc Prolapse. In the following article we will explain what is Slipped Disc in Neck, what are its symptoms and how much time does it take to recover.

Slipped Disc in Neck

Discs in our spinal cord are the cushions between the bones which helps in bending forward and backward. These discs also absorb the shock to secure our spinal cord. When these discs are reduced in size or misplaced from their actual position due to continuous pressure or improper posture then it is called slipped disc. Slipped Disc in neck most affects those people who do long sitting jobs, especially those who work on computers or laptops. Don't get frightened if you use one.

The image on left side shows what happens to the spinal disc (blue colored discs are normal while red colored disc is slipped disc). Its just an illustration, not the actual color of discs.

Slipped Disc in Neck Symptoms

  • Sudden or gradually increasing neck pain
  • Stiffness in Neck
  • Severe Pain that radiates towards Arm, Forearm and fingers.
  • Sometimes some particular neck movement makes the pain worst.
  • Numbness, Tingling or Weakness in Arm and forearm.

Slipped Disc in Neck Exercises

There are some simple exercises that you can do at home to get relief from slipped disc in neck. Some of them are mentioned below.

  • Sit straight and turn your head towards left. Put some pressure on your chin by using your left hand to turn it a little more. Hold it for twenty seconds and then repeat it on right side. Do it for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Sit straight and bend your head on left side, till your ear touches your shoulder. Use some pressure on your temple by using your left hand to bend it a little more. Hold for 20 seconds and then repeat it on right side.Do it for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Sit Straight and bend you neck straight so that your chin touches your chest. Hold for 20 seconds and then come back to relaxing position. do it for 5 to 10 Minutes.

If you feel pain discomfort or pain in any of these exercises then don't do that particular step.

If you are an Athlete and suffering from Slipped Disc in Neck then there following three exercises for you:

1). Wall Stretches

Stand near a wall and put you arms and shoulders against the wall and push your hips towards the wall till you are comfortable. If you feel some pain the pause little bit before it to be comfortable. Wait for few seconds and then return to normal position. Repeat it 10 times. 

2). Medicine Ball Bounces

It makes spine flexible and warm up the muscles. You have to sit on the Medicine Ball and then bounce up and down at a moderate rate. Don't go too fast as it may increase the pain. If you don't have a medicine ball then you may do it on the side of a bed with some support. Bouncing for 5 minutes is sufficient.

3). Trampoline March

Stand in the middle of the Trampoline and start spot point running  at a slow speed. Don't go fast, as it may harm. Do it for 10 Min.

These exercises heal slipped disc in neck at a quicker rate.

Slipped Disc in Neck Recovery Time

Usually it takes 5 to 10 days for a slipped disc in neck to recover. If you are doing the exercises mentioned above then you may recover early. Apart from these exercises don't put any pressure on your neck. Always use a support for your neck while working. Also make sure that you don't carry much weight during these days. But if you think that your condition is not improving or becoming worse with time then consult a doctor.

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