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Treating Segmental Instability in the Cervical Spine
Treatment for segmental instability in the cervical spine typically becomes necessary only if an anatomical abnormality begins to compress or irritate nerve roots or the spinal cord. Most people who have a degenerative spine condition might not ever know it unless nerve compression arises. However, progressive...

How Cervical Instability is Treated
Cervical instability refers to the cervical (neck) region of the spine’s diminished ability to perform as it is intended, and without pain or other symptoms. There are seven vertebrae in the neck, stacked from the base of the skull downward. These vertebrae support the weight of the head and facilitate...

Surgery for Bone Spurs in the Neck
If you are considering surgery for bone spurs in your neck, first be sure that you and your doctor have exhausted all conservative treatment options. Treatment of any kind probably won’t be necessary unless the protruding bony growth – known as an osteophyte – begins to compress, or impinge, a...

Surgery for a Bulging Disc in the Neck
Surgery for a bulging disc in the neck is almost always considered an elective procedure. When symptoms occur – never a given with a cervical bulging disc – they usually can be managed through a course of conservative treatment that includes pain medication, physical therapy, massage, behavior modification...

Surgery for a Herniated Disc in the Neck
Surgery for a herniated disc in the neck normally can be avoided through a course of conservative treatment. More than 90 percent of patients find relief using over-the-counter or prescription medication, along with physical therapy, massage and other conservative methods. Recent research also has shown...

Types of Neck Surgery
Different types of neck surgery are categorized, in part, by the location of the point of access used by the surgical team. For example, when a cervical discectomy with spinal fusion is performed through the front of the neck, it is said to be “anterior” access. Conversely, if the spinal condition...

Cervical Neck Surgery Recovery
The length of time necessary for cervical neck surgery recovery depends on the severity of the spinal condition and the type of operation performed. Recuperation from traditional neck surgery can take many months – even as long as a year or more in some cases. This is due to the highly invasive nature...

Surgery for a Pinched Nerve in the Neck
Rarely does surgery for a pinched nerve in the neck become necessary. A pinched, or compressed, nerve in the cervical spine can cause localized pain, radiating pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness in the upper body. These symptoms normally can be managed using pain medication, physical therapy,...

Neck Surgery at the C6-C7 Level
Neck surgery at the C6-C7 level of the cervical spine is rarely necessary. Most of the time, the symptoms of a herniated disc, bulging disc, arthritis, or other spinal condition at that vertebral level can be managed using pain medication, physical therapy and other conservative methods of treatment....

Does a Bulging Disc in the Neck Require Surgery Right Away?
A bulging intervertebral disc occurs when pressure from the gel-like disc nucleus forces the cartilaginous disc wall out of its normal boundary. When this causes a nerve root to become irritated, or “pinched,” in the cervical (neck) region, it can produce radiating pain, tingling, numbness or muscle...

Failed Neck Surgery
Failed neck surgery is a subcategory of a condition known as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), which is another way to say that an operation did not adequately accomplish the goal of nerve decompression or stabilization of a painful joint in the spine. This term encompasses a broad range of complications,...

Recovery from Neck Surgery
Recovery from traditional neck surgery involving cervical fusion can take several weeks or months, depending on two major factors: whether the patient chose to have a plate inserted or to wear a neck brace for spinal stability, and whether bone graft material comes from a donor or the patient’s own...

If You Have a Herniated Disc in your Neck, Surgery Isn’t Your Only Option
Are you suffering from a herniated disc in your neck? If so, surgery isn’t only your option. In fact, there are numerous treatments that can alleviate your neck pain without requiring the time, recovery and rehabilitation typically associated with open spine surgery. h2. Conservative Treatments One...

ACDF Neck Surgery
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) neck surgery is a procedure that is conducted to remove a degenerative disc from the cervical spine (in the neck). During this procedure, an orthopedic surgeon removes an intervertebral disc – in whole or in part – from the neck, replaces the disc with...

What to Expect After Minimally Invasive Neck Surgery
Perhaps the most notable aspect of minimally invasive neck surgery is how easy the recovery process can be. These procedures, also known as endoscopic spine surgeries, are commonly conducted as outpatient procedures across the country because their recovery period is nowhere near as arduous as with a...

What to Expect After Cervical (Neck) Surgery
As with any major operation, the hours and days after cervical (neck) surgery can be extremely difficult. Open spine surgery is an extremely invasive procedure that requires hospitalization, lengthy recovery and intense rehabilitation before the patient can return to normal. And while this can be a trying...

Neck Disc Replacement Surgery vs. Spine Fusion
If you have made the decision to undergo open neck surgery to treat a problematic intervertebral disc in the cervical spine, you’re probably considering either neck disc replacement surgery or spine fusion. So what’s the difference between these operations, and are there are any other alternatives...

Treating a Bulging Disc without Neck Surgery
For those who have lived for months with the constant painful reminder of their bulging disc, the appeal of neck surgery is understandable. Often coming out of seemingly nowhere, a bulging disc can produce debilitating neck pain, leaving formerly active people immobilized, hoping for relief. The only...

Suffering from a Pinched Nerve and Considering Neck Surgery?
If you are suffering from a pinched nerve in the cervical region of the spine, it’s easy to see the attraction of neck surgery. After months of unsuccessful conservative treatment and persistent neck pain, patients are probably looking for relief wherever they can find it. The problem is that patients...

Damage to the Neck Vertebrae and the Possibility of Surgery
Neck pain is something nearly everyone suffers eventually. Whether you tweak your neck throwing the football with your kids in the backyard, injure yourself lifting boxes, or your spine has gradually deteriorated as you’ve gotten older, the fact remains: Neck pain is a way of life for millions of people...

What to Look for in a Neck Surgery Center
A quick scan of the phone book or a brief Internet search will tell you that it’s not particularly difficult to find a neck surgery center near you. So how do you sort through the thousands of options nationwide to find a facility that is equipped to offer you the meaningful neck pain relief that you...

Suffering from a Bone Spur and Considering Neck Surgery?
If you are suffering from a bone spur and considering neck surgery, it can be helpful to understand what exactly causes bone spurs and what surgical treatment entails. These pesky bone growths aren’t as much of a “spur” as they are a smooth growth of bone that typically develops along a joint as...

Arthritis of the Spine and the Possibility of Neck Surgery
When most people think of arthritis, they don’t think of neck surgery. In fact, people usually associate arthritis with the hands, knuckles, knees, or elbows. However, what many people don’t know is that arthritis can also affect the joints of the spine, called facet joints. More specifically, arthritis...

Cervical Spinal Conditions and Neck Surgery
Although there are instances when spinal conditions in the cervical region can merit neck surgery, the majority of patients are able to successfully manage their neck pain symptoms with conservative, non-invasive treatments. Physical therapy, pain medication, stretching, mild exercise, steroid injections,...

Neck Surgery at the C-5 and C-6 Vertebrae
The neck is referred to as the cervical region of the spine. There are seven cervical vertebrae and they are labeled as C-1 through C-7. This is a common region for people to experience injury, both because this is a very flexible segment of the spine and because the neck, which supports the head, is...

Surgery of the Neck
Surgery of the neck is a procedure performed in the cervical region of the spine, which includes vertebrae C1-C7. These seven cervical vertebrae control head and neck movement, but they also serve as a structure for your head to sit on. C1 is the atlas vertebrae, which connects the skull to the spine,...

Your Options for Neck Surgeries
Neck surgeries can come in a variety of different forms – at first this may seem comforting, but eventually you might feel overwhelmed with so many different options. The only real way to make an informed decision about what type of neck procedure is right for you is to do your research and educate...

Neck Pain and Spine Surgery
If you have been experiencing debilitating neck pain for weeks or months, you may think that spine surgery is the best treatment option. However, it’s important to keep in mind that most forms of neck pain will abate over time. The pain of strains and sprains can be managed with analgesics, anti-inflammatory...

Neck Pain after Surgery
It is not uncommon to experience some degree of neck pain after surgery. The surgery itself, combined with frequent sessions of physical rehabilitation, can certainly cause soreness and stiffness in the neck, both of which should abate with time. However, there is a difference between normal post-surgical...

Back and Neck Surgery
When you have lived with months of pain in your back and neck, and surgery becomes an option after conservative treatments have proven ineffective, you should keep in mind that a traditional, open spine procedure is not the only option. Research the facts and do not rush into any life-altering decision...

Neck Surgery Recovery
It’s natural for patients to put an enormous amount of time into choosing a spine surgery center and preparing for their procedure, but the real success of a procedure isn’t truly determined until after the surgery. That’s why a healthy neck surgery recovery is crucial to finding lasting relief...

Considering Surgery on the Neck
Surgery on the neck is a procedure that focuses on the cervical region of the spine, which includes the C1-C7 vertebrae. Because the neck must support the head and coordinate movements between the head and the neck, everyday activities can become extremely painful if a cervical vertebra, an intervertebral...

Common Conditions of the Cervical Spine that Could Require Neck Surgery
The cervical spine – the portion of the spine that comprises the neck – bears a great deal of stress from all the twisting and turning it does as well as the simple act of holding up the head. All this movement and strain makes the cervical spine vulnerable to injury and exacerbates the effects of...

Recovering From Neck or Back Surgery
Open spine surgery, whether performed on the neck or back, is a highly invasive procedure allowing the surgical team to access the spine through a rather large incision in the skin and muscle. Additionally, surgeons often will need to push aside internal structures and organs during an anterior operation....

Herniated Disc and Neck Surgery
A herniated disc can be a very painful condition to endure – particularly in the neck. Because of the neck’s flexibility and ability to turn and twist, it is particularly susceptible to such a condition and the pain, loss of motion, and neurological symptoms it can bring. Even activities like driving...

For Chronic Neck Pain, Surgery is Not Always the Answer
Even if you have been suffering from significant neck pain, surgery is not something to take lightly. Other forms of treatment have demonstrated a strong enough track record in combating neck pain that surgery is only appropriate as the last option for almost everyone. h2. Conservative Treatment The...

Neck Pain & Herniated Disc Surgery Alternative
When pain, numbness, muscle weakness, and tingling sensations last for months – or even get worse – it can be tempting to assume that open spine surgery is your only hope for pain relief. Thanks to Laser Spine Institute, this is not the case. Because of Laser Spine Institute’s groundbreaking treatment...

Open-Neck Disc Surgery and its Drawbacks
Chronic neck pain can be a difficult thing to live with. The neck enables the turning, lifting, lowering, and tilting of the head that we all take for granted, which makes pain all the worse. When a spine condition in the neck precludes such movement, it can seriously hamper one’s quality of life....

Does a Herniated Disc Require Neck Surgery?
A cervical herniated disc can be the source of significant pain, muscle weakness, numbness, or tingling. Initially, conservative treatment is the standard, but it doesn’t always work. In cases in which the patient continues to experience significant pain despite months of non-invasive treatment, your...

Neck Surgery for Disc Replacement
Neck pain can be hard enough to endure itself, let alone with the added stress of an upcoming neck surgery, and disc replacement. This complex operation can be intimidating to ponder; understanding the procedure can do much to alleviate this stress, though. h2. The Basics If your doctor has recommended...

What Can I Expect After Neck Surgery?
Neck surgery often involves a highly invasive operation followed by a significant hospital stay and a lengthy – often painful – recovery period. After neck surgery, one generally is limited in one’s activities, and may even be unable to work for a matter of weeks, depending on the operation. h2....

Neck Surgery Basics
If you’re reading this article, chances are that your doctor has advised you to consider undergoing neck surgery to correct a spinal condition that is causing you chronic pain. Such a recommendation is not likely to come quickly; rather, neck and back pain usually warrants a conservative approach to...

 

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