Treating cervical neck pain

Cervical neck pain can often cause radiating pain around the neck and back of the head. Patients who suffer from neck and head pain due to a spine condition understand the debilitating symptoms that result from their condition. If you are experiencing chronic neck and head pain, you should consult your doctor to determine the source of your symptoms and the treatment options available to you.

As you continue to research the treatment options available for cervical neck pain, we encourage you to contact Laser Spine Institute for more information. Our goal is to help you find information about your condition and all available treatments so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs.

Conservative treatment options for cervical neck pain

Most patients begin treatment for their cervical neck pain with conservative treatments, including physical therapy, low-impact exercise and pain medication. Because most neck pain is associated with a strained muscle or a sprained ligament, over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatory medication is usually effective in managing the symptoms of pain and discomfort. However, some cervical neck pain is caused by a spine condition that affects the discs or vertebrae of the spine and results in chronic pain. These conditions require a doctor’s recommendation for treatment.

If cervical neck pain is caused by a condition such as a bulging disc, bone spurs, a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, a physician generally will prescribe a course of conservative treatment before considering surgery. Among the conservative methods used for cervical neck pain treatment are chiropractic care, behavior modification, massage therapy, prescription pain medication and cortisone injections. If none of these conservative treatments prove effective at managing debilitating neck pain after several weeks or months, then a physician might suggest surgery as an option.

Traditional treatment options for cervical neck pain

Traditional open neck surgery is a highly invasive procedure that requires a two- to five-day hospital stay and between six months to a year of recovery. The surgery begins with a 6- to 8-inch incision in the neck. This large incision cuts through the surrounding muscles and tissues, increasing a patient’s risk of infection and excessive blood loss.

Once the incision is made and the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove a portion of or the entire diseased disc or vertebra in the spine. If the entire disc or vertebra is removed, the surgeon will insert an implant or bone graft into the empty space and fuse the surrounding two vertebrae together to stabilize the spine.

This is a highly invasive surgery and does come with risks, such as failed back surgery syndrome, which is when patients experience unsuccessful results following a surgical procedure to treat the spine. Many patients are hesitant to undergo this type of surgery because of the elevated risks involved with the highly invasive techniques and the extended recovery time.

Minimally invasive treatment options for cervical neck pain

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck surgery.^ Our procedure offers a patient satisfaction score of 98 and a shorter recovery time^ than traditional open neck surgery. The surgery begins with a small incision in the neck and our surgeons are able to access the spine without disrupting the surrounding muscles and soft tissue.

Once the spine is accessed, one of our board-certified surgeons+ will remove either a small portion of the diseased disc or vertebra through a decompression surgery or the entire diseased disc or vertebra through a stabilization surgery. An implant will then be inserted into the empty space to stabilize the spine. This muscle-sparing technique results in less surgical blood loss and a reduced risk of infection.^

The type of surgery you will undergo will be determined by your surgeon and discussed with you prior to your procedure. The decision will be made after reviewing your MRI report or CT scan and completing your physical evaluation to determine the cause, location and severity of your condition. Contact us for more information about the types of treatment options available to you for cervical neck pain.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute has helped thousands of patients find lasting relief from their neck or back conditions. To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive cervical neck pain surgery, reach out to us and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help you find answers and information so you can make the best decision about your spine care needs.