Yes, C for cervical, L for lumbar...Distantpeak;193509 said:Which is more painful? Or does it depend? And you can't compare? Paulies sounds more like a lower neck injury as opposed to the lumbar injury of dazza?
Cervical, everything is much smaller, and the herniated disk is less deep.. However, there is a lot of nerve tissue and many different muscles you have to pass to operate..
Other difference is spinal marrow, which only goes to the level of L2.. So lumbar surgery has no risks of damaging the marrow.. cervical has..
For the cause of the disk herniation, lumbar is usually dynamic trauma, heavy lifting or something like that, where cervical problems are usually from static trauma (if you can say it like that).. Too long in the same position, too much stress, etc.
Because of the risks in cervical surgery, they will wait as long as possible.. Really only operate when there is nerve compression (paralysis in the arm)..
This means that the herniated disk will be there for some time before surgery...
And that's the main problem after surgery.. The muscles of the neck cause compression and lead to pain, regardless of the result of surgery..
Same goes for lumbar herniated disks, but usually they are operated on in an earlier stage..
What the muscles can do? Whiplash trauma usually does not show any tissue damage, the problem is only the muscle response...