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:
- Excessive strain
- Improper movement
- Older age or wear
- 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
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.
There are definitely first chosen measures when it comes to treating neck pain, or any pain associated with cervical spine injuries such as:
- 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.
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
- Minimal access discectomy