What is the prevalence of cervical disc disease in the US?

Updated: Apr 16, 2020
  • Author: Michael B Furman, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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HNP may be observed with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 10% of asymptomatic individuals aged younger than 40 years and 5% of those older than 40 years. Degenerative disc disease (DDD) may be observed with MRI in 25% of asymptomatic individuals aged less than 40 years and 60% of those aged more than 40 years. The true incidence and prevalence of cervical radiculopathy is uncertain; however, studies have shown that 51-67% of adults experience neck and arm pain at some time, and 54% report pain present within the last 6 months. In a population-based study in Rochester, Minn published in 1994 the annual incidence of documented cervical radiculopathy for men and women from all causes was 107.3 and 63.5 cases per 100,000 population, respectively. [18] A separate study looking at a population at risk of more than 13,000,000 people in the military found an incidence of 1.79 per 1000 person-years. [19]

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