Neck surgery can be used to treat a variety of conditions that affect the cervical (upper) spine. Since the neck is highly flexible and is responsible for supporting the weight of the head, it is especially susceptible to deterioration. While neck surgery is typically viewed as a last resort, it may become necessary for patients who suffer from chronic pain and have found little to no relief from non-invasive treatments.
Conditions Affecting the Neck
A variety of degenerative conditions can cause individuals to experience discomfort in their cervical spine, including:
Patients with the above conditions may experience pain, numbness, muscle weakness, and a variety of additional symptoms in the neck, shoulders, arms and/or hands if a cervical spinal nerve becomes compressed. These symptoms can typically be managed through non-invasive methods, including pain medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy, and hot/cold therapy.
Neck surgery may be recommended if non-invasive treatments don’t provide lasting relief for chronic pain. Before undergoing a highly invasive operation, patients should consider all of their options. The orthopedic experts at Laser Spine Institute have helped tens of thousands of patients find relief from neck and back pain using minimally invasive, laser-assisted techniques. Patients in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, and other Southwest communities should contact Laser Spine Institute Scottsdale to schedule a complimentary consultation and to receive additional information. Laser Spine Institute also operates facilities in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma to serve you.