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When You May Need Neck Surgery to Get Better

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Neck PainWhen you hear the expression “pain in the neck” you often don’t associate it with an actual pain that is found in the neck. However, when you truly experience a pain in the neck, it can be extremely painful and be a sign of a more serious issue that may require surgery. Neck surgery isn’t used for every neck pain, naturally, but can be the most ideal and effective measure for various conditions, as well as injuries. Considering that nearly 50% of the entire U.S. population is suffering from some sort of neck, arm, or shoulder pain associated with some sort of neck condition, there are definitely many people that require the use of neck surgery in order to recover fully or to a point of better use.


Understanding the Symptoms

  Neck pain can be associated with a great many different conditions. These conditions can be located in the neck, or even associated with another section of the spine. Neck pain is definitely not the only cause of neck surgery, as the pain could be felt instead in the arm or shoulders. While the neck is built to sustain movement, strain, and constant use and balance, there are many different causes for neck, arm, or shoulder pain associated with the cervical spine such as:

  • Injury
  • Whiplash
  • Excessive strain
  • Improper movement
  • Older age or wear
Facts show that nearly half of the U.S. population will encounter degenerative deterioration of the cervical spine, leading to various pains within the neck, arm, and shoulders, as well as the higher risk of injury both minor and severe. Although neck surgery will not be the first course of treatment, there are certainly a few conditions that will require the use of surgery if the conservative measures are showing to be ineffective, including:
  • Collapse of disk
  • Herniated disk
  • Loss of flexibility

When opting for neck surgery, there are certainly things to consider such as the risks and indications of the surgery itself. There are also many things that you should inform you physician of when discussing the need for neck surgery, including any history of neck pain and the triggers to the pain itself. This could indicate to the physician your needs and the possibilities for treating your individual case.

Causes that May Require Surgery 

Neck surgery is most needed in the most difficult and challenging cases where conservative treatments aren’t showing any results. There are many different conditions that you can suffer from, many of which are later in life, including:

  • Ankylosing Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Stenosis

Fractures and other injuries to the cervical spine can also greatly affect your use of the neck, as well as the comfort within your neck, sometimes requiring the use of surgery to ensure you are able to have full function, as well as comfort. There are many other diseases, and even arthritis can indicate some sort of cervical issue that may require the use of surgery, such as conditions where the joints and discs become so enlarged, the cervical spine is compromised.

Non-Surgical Measures

There are definitely first chosen measures when it comes to treating neck pain, or any pain associated with cervical spine injuries such as:

  • Chiropractic
  • Epidural
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy

These non-surgical measures are typically safer, many allowing a non-invasive treatment that can be extremely effective. However, there are times when these measures don’t work. The physician will usually work with the patient to identify the need for further treatment, evaluating the use of non-surgical measures for the various cervical spine conditions. If there is a minor issue, there can be much more use of non-surgical treatments that will allow the cervical spine to be relieved and reconditioned, or will offer pain relief for conditions that don’t show great potential in other treatments.

Surgical Options

There are times in which neck surgery is the best option, in which there are several different surgeries that may be employed, including:

  • Anterior cervical discectomy with or without fusion
  • Corpectomy
  • Minimal access discectomy
  • Foraminotomy
Seeking out these treatment options is usually due to ineffective results with conservative measures, and a necessity to treat the underlying causes of the pain that you are feeling. If you aren’t sure just what you can do when it comes to seeking out neck surgery, you will be surprised to find that there are so many resources available to become more informed. You definitely want to know that you are making the best choice and that the physician you choose is best able to help you with your situation. No matter what type of neck surgery you require, you have the right to remain safe and informed throughout the entire process, giving you the ability to stay on top of your own condition.
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