Cervical Degenerative Disc Bulge and Herniation
This exhibit depicts the sagittal anatomy of the cervical spine with multiple degenerative disc conditions. Degenerative disc disease is the process of intervertebral disc degradation as a result of age or injury. Over time, the disc dehydrates causing the annulus to crack or tear. The nucleus can then bulge through portions of the damaged annulus and encroach upon the spine’s neurological structures. This can lead to chronic pain and numbness. In this image, cervical disc desiccation is present at C3-6, with a disc bulge at C4-5, and a disc herniation at C5-6.