Comprehensive Treatment for Neck Pain at Medica
A person can suffer from neck pain due to various reasons. Some conditions are acute while others are long-term and often painful. Neck surgery is identified as a potential solution for long-term neck problems. Yet, it is seldom chosen as an option.
Neck pain often goes away on its own. Sometimes, traditional or conservative treatments are needed. These are non-surgical treatments. These aim at minimizing neck pain as well as improving function. These treatments can include:
- Prescription or over-the-counter medications
- Physical therapy and home exercises
- Heat and ice therapy
- Steroid injections for swelling and neck pain
- Short-term check with a neck collar
Opt for neck surgery only when other options are unavailable. When traditional methods cannot help, neck surgery can be the best option. With advanced infrastructure, expert doctors, and staff, Medica offers unmatched treatment to all our patients suffering from such kinds of medical conditions.
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What are the Conditions that require Neck Surgery?
Neck pain can be due to several reasons. Not all reasons need neck surgery. But, some conditions call for neck surgery as the only option. This is true in case non-invasive treatments were not effective. Conditions for surgery are usually age-related or injury-related. It can also be due to worsening conditions like osteoarthritis. Injuries, degenerative changes result in bone spurs and slip disks in the neck. This results in pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Thus, symptoms like numbness, weakness, and pain generate.
Neck conditions that need neck surgery are:
- Pinched Nerve: In this condition, a specific nerve root faces excess pressure
- Compressed Spinal Cord: This condition is compression or irritation of spinal code. This can be due to neck injury, bone wearing
- Broken Neck: Breaking of one or more bones in the neck
The Anatomy of the Neck
The cervical spine(neck area) starts at the base of the skull, and is made up of seven vertebrae. The spinal cord and its nerves run through an aperture through the entire vertebral column. The brain sends messages to the rest of the body, including muscles and organs, via the spinal cord and nerves. Cervical pain is the pain caused due to cervical spondylolysis or osteoarthritis.
The term “cervical” comes from the Latin root “cervix,” which means “neck.”
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Symptoms of Cervical Pain
One would be experiencing the following symptoms if suffering from neck or cervical pain:
- Stiffness of neck (no movement)
- Muscle tightness
- Holding your head in one spot for long periods of time can aggravate pain
What is Cervical Spine Surgery and How Does It Work?
- Cervical spine surgery may be recommended by your orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon to treat neck discomfort, numbness, tingling, and weakness, restore nerve function, and stop or prevent aberrant neck motion.
- The vertebrae are fused together with a bone transplant either in front of or behind the spine by your surgeon removing a disc or a bone and fusing them together with a bone graft.
- An autograft (bone obtained from your own body) or an allograft (bone taken from another person) are the two types of bone grafts available (donor bone from a bone bank).
- Metal plates and screws are sometimes used to help support the spine. Instrumentation is the term for these methods. When the vertebrae are surgically stabilized, aberrant motion is stopped and spinal nerve function is restored.
- A cervical disc replacement, which uses an artificial disc to allow neck motion while stabilizing the spine, is an alternative to spinal fusion.
What Conditions Can Cervical Spine Surgery Help With?
Degenerative Disc Disease: Degenerative disease causes the discs or cushion pads between your vertebrae to decrease, causing disc wear and possibly herniation. Your spine may also have arthritic regions. Because of the pressure on the spinal nerves, this deterioration can produce pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness.
Cervical Deformity: Patients with hyperlordosis or swan neck deformity in their cervical spine may benefit from surgery to straighten and stabilize the spine. The cervical spine can be affected by upper neck problems, commonly known as craniocervical or craniovertebral junction abnormalities. Because of its flexibility, the neck is prone to damage. The cervical vertebra can be fractured or dislocated as a result of certain injuries. The spinal cord may be injured as well in a severe accident. Patients who have a fracture, particularly those who have suffered spinal cord damage, must have surgery to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord and stabilize the spine.
The majority of neck pain improves over time with home treatment. Consult your physician if this is not the case. If you have severe neck discomfort as a result of an injury, such as a car accident, diving accident, or a fall, seek medical help right away.
If your neck pain persists and if you are showing the following signs, see a doctor:
- Very painful
- Accompanied by pain in other local parts of the body
- Weakness of limbs
- Have trouble walking
A variety of spinal neck disorders may require cervical spine surgery. Degenerative conditions, trauma, and instability are all common reasons for surgery. These diseases can put strain on the spinal cord or nerves that exit the spine.
The Various Types of Neck Surgeries are:
- Cervical Spinal Fusion: In this surgery selected neck bones are joined.
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF): Here the damaged disc is removed for relieving nerve pressure and pain.
- Anterior Cervical Corpectomy and Fusion (ACCF): The surgery removes the larger bone spurs with arthritis. These bone spurs compress the spinal nerves and spinal cord and cause pain.
- Laminectomy: Here spinal bone is removed either or completely. This helps in reducing spinal cord pressure. The pressure results from injury, tumors, slip disk, or canal becoming narrow.
- Laminoplasty: In this surgery, the bony upper part of the spinal canal is removed. It enlarges the spinal canal. It is for easing pain and numbness.
- Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR): Here the damaged or worn out part between the spinal bones is replaced with an artificial disk.
- Posterior Cervical Surgery: This surgery is done to relieve weakness and pain from the strained spinal nerves.
- Bone Graft: A surgical process using transplanted bone from any part of the body. The bone is used for rebuilding and repairing damaged bones. The surgery is usually conducted by spine surgeons.