Properly Treating Neck pain

Many successful Neck pain treatments can be applied in a conservative manner with PHYSICAL THERAPY,Chiropractic Care and other forms of non-invasive pain management first. Chronic acute Neck pain that doesn’t improve with conservative care may need to be evaluated for further treatment.

Effective Neck pain Treatment

Rather than a definitive medical condition, Neck pain is actually a symptom. The physical complaint may be one of pain, stiffness, weakness or numbness in or surrounding the neck area.  This indicates to doctors that something is wrong with the vertebrae, muscles, nerves, ligaments or tendons in the neck. Understanding the symptoms associated with Neck pain and more importantly, when to seek help for them is crucial.

Neck pain Treatment Options

At BASIC, our goal is to provide each patient with a customized Neck pain treatment plan that first attempts to relieve the pain using the least-invasive and most effective treatment options first.

Conservative Treatment for Neck pain

Physical therapy

Physical therapy to treat Neck pain is a long-established form of pain relief designed to address the root cause of pain while avoiding the potential risks and side effects that can accompany surgical and medication Neck pain treatment options. From specific forms of manual therapy to soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques, many people suffering the effects of chronic Neck pain can benefit from non-invasive physical therapy as a first treatment step.

Chiropractic Care

Also highly regarded as a conservative, non-surgical but effective Neck pain treatment option, chiropractic care to relieve Neck pain is designed to reduce pressure and stress on the affected cervical nerves and vertebrae. Neck adjustments (commonly called “cervical manipulation”) apply specific pressure to the neck joints, thereby working to improve neck mobility and reduce or eliminate Neck pain.

Cervical Decompression

A Neck pain treatment intended for people who wish to avoid cervical spine surgery, cervical decompression is a relaxing therapy achieved through the use of a mechanical traction device applied through an on-board computer that controls force and angle of disc distraction. This reduces pressure on cervical discs and allows for damaged discs to heal, thus avoiding the body’s natural propensity to resist external force and/or generate muscle spasms.

Minimally-Invasive Surgical Neck pain Treatment

Minimally invasive Neck pain treatments can usually be performed on an out-patient basis with patients going home the same day.  There are a variety of minimally invasive procedures that can be used to treat conditions affecting the cervical spine and our experts at BASIC can help you understand and decide on which treatment option is best for you.

ACDF – Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

ACDF is among the most common surgical Neck pain treatments and is intended to correct problems within the cervical spine. This procedure is typically performed for two reasons. First, ACDF is designed to relieve pressure on compressed nerve roots. The second purpose for ACDF as a treatment for Neck pain is to stop motion between two vertebrae that are causing pain.Patient Testimonial

Cervical Disc Replacement

For people who are chronically affected by degenerated cervical discs, cervical disc replacement is a Neck pain treatment that involves the removal of a damaged disc (or multiple discs) and replacing it with a new, artificial disc. This procedure is designed to allow the patient to retain a normal range of motion in the neck after surgery.

Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection

To relieve pain that is caused by an irritation of the nerves in the cervical spine, epidural steroid injections serve as a conservative Neck pain treatment option that offers rapid and often long-term pain relief.Cervical epidural steroid injections work by delivering anesthetic and pain medication directly to the affected area in the neck that is causing pain.

Cervical Foraminotomy

Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy is a minimally invasive surgical treatment for Neck pain used to correct cervical disc protrusions that are putting pressure on nerves and causing pain in the arms. Cervical foraminotomy involves enlarging the space where the nerve root exits the spinal column in the cervical spine and simultaneously allows the surgeon to remove any part of the disc that may be pressing on the nerve.

Cervical Laminectomy

As a surgical treatment for Neck pain, cervical laminectomy involves removing the spinal process of the cervical vertebra and the surrounding bone called the lamina. It is usually performed for stenosis of the cervical spinal canal and it takes pressure off of the spinal cord in the neck. In this procedure, instruments such as rods or screws are used to stabilize the spine.

Cervical Laminotomy

Though similar to the Cervical Laminectomy, a Cervical Laminotomy endeavors to treat Neck pain by removing only part of the bone of a cervical vertebra. For instance, in the case of bone spurs, a laminotomy is performed by removing only the bony process to relieve the pressure on nerves in the neck. This surgery allows for the conservation of most of the bone of the vertebra, and it is performed from the back.

Cervical Microdiscectomy

The purpose of a minimally invasive microdiscectomy as a treatment for Neck pain is to decompress the affective nerves in the cervical spine or to remove a herniated disc or bone fragment. With new technology, endoscopic cervical discectomy allows for a much smaller incision and decreased disruption of surrounding muscles and tissue, thus resulting in a faster recovery time than more traditional “open” Neck pain treatments.

Stem Cell Therapy

Our BASIC physician team has pioneered Stem Cell Therapy techniques designed to treat Neck pain conditions by using the regenerative powers of embryonic stem cells and amniotic tissue. This minimally invasive procedure takes less than 45 minutes to complete and has the potential to change lives for the better. These proprietary techniques performed only by our BASIC neurosurgeons are designed to innovatively treat Neck pain and weakness.

Prolonged pain affecting the neck, especially if it affects a person’s ability to function normally, should not be ignored as it may be a sign of an underlying condition.  Surgery is a last resort in most cases however if your pain is due to a condition that isn’t resolving with conservative care, surgery may be the next best option.  Our board certified neurological surgeons are committed to providing the most effective and minimally invasive surgical options to get you back to living a pain free life.Patient Testimonial

Neck Health Tips

  • Stretch & Exercise Neck Muscles
  • Sleep on your back & consider a cervical neck pillow
  • Use proper posture & position computer screen at eye level
  • Don’t hold telephone between ear and shoulder
  • Carry weight evenly – no heavy bags or satchels on one side of body

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