Cervical (Neck) Pain
Cervical pain refers to pain in the neck. Problems in the cervical spine can also radiate pain, numbness, and weakness to the shoulders, arms and hands.
If you overuse your neck muscles, you can develop a form of neck pain called a muscle strain. Repeated overuse of these muscles can lead to the onset of chronic or ongoing neck pain.
You can also develop neck pain if your nerves don’t have enough room to pass through the spaces in and between the vertebrae. Potential sources of this problem, called nerve compression, include bulging or herniated discs, a narrowing of the spinal canal called stenosis, and arthritis-related bone growths called bone spurs.
Neck pain can range in intensity from minor to
North American Spine partner physicians have the broadest range of minimally invasive solutions for your back or neck pain. Depending on the location and severity of your pain, your treatment will fall into one of the following categories:
- Decompression: Minimally invasive decompression surgery aims to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. This pressure can be caused by many conditions. Using a surgical laser, if necessary, soft tissue will be removed and pressure on nerves will be relieved. For more on decompression, see Decompression.
- Stabilization/Fusion: Minimally invasive stabilization/fusion surgery aims to restore spinal stability lost to collapsed discs.
Diseasedmaterial is removed and stability is regained by fusing vertebrae or replacing diseasedmaterial with specialized hardware. For more on stabilization, see Stablization.
- Injections: Injections aim to reduce inflammation, block pain, and/or aid in the regeneration of healthy nerve passages. These procedures often are not permanent solutions, but they may be repeated when
painreturns. They are extremely quick procedures with virtually no recovery time.
- Other Procedures: North American Spine partner physicians may suggest other types of procedures, including the placement of a Spinal Cord Stimulator, an implanted device that blocks the pain signals created by a variety of conditions. For more on our other procedures, see Other Procedures.