Depending on the cause, neck pain symptoms can be limited to the neck or can also radiate down the arms or to the upper back. Accompanying symptoms can be mild annoyances to serious debilitations:
Neck pain has a wide range of causes:
Other diseases and conditions that affect the cervical discs (cushions between the cervical vertebrae) and the cervical facet joints (sliding joints that allow the vertebrae to glide over each other while bending, flexing and extending) often cause chronic neck pain:
Whatever the cause of your neck pain, an accurate diagnosis is key to having a successful treatment plan.
You can prepare for your visit to the doctor by thinking about these questions ahead of time:
After a physical exam that will include a test of your range of motion, your physician will look at spinal imaging tests to determine what is causing your pain. X-rays, CT (computerized tomography) scans and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging to view bones and soft tissues) are used to diagnose neck, back and spine conditions
Non-surgical treatments for neck pain can be effective in alleviating pain in many cases involving overexertion of muscles or poor posture:
Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC) has a skilled multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons who are experts in revolutionary surgical techniques to treat chronic pain that hasn’t been alleviated with more conservative treatments. NSPC has convenient offices on Long Island and in the New York tri-state area. Our leading surgeons provide state-of-the-art neck pain surgery with remarkable results.
Anterior cervical discectomy—The neurosurgeon extracts the worn or damaged discs that are compressing the nerve. A small incision in the front (anterior) of the neck, allows the surgeon to more easily access the spine.
Cervical spinal fusion—This surgical technique joins two vertebrae together using bone or synthetic bone to prevent movement of the vertebrae.
Laminectomy—During a laminectomy, the lamina (back portion of the vertebrae) is removed to decrease pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves. The surgery may be combined with a herniated disc procedure.
Laminoplasty—The laminae (bony roof of the vertebrae) is re-fashioned to allow more room in the spinal canal for the spinal nerves.
Posterior cervical foraminotomy—Similar to an anterior cervical discectomy, this technique provides cervical decompression using microsurgical tools. The neurosurgeon removes bone spurs and segments of a herniated disc to relieve pressure on nerves from cervical stenosis.
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