Is Neck Pain Limiting Your Life?
If you are experiencing pain in your neck, you may suffer from a cervical herniated disc or cervical degenerative disc disease. In addition to neck pain, if the diseased or damaged disc presses on nerves adjacent to the area, you may also feel shoulder pain and weakness or even numbness in your arm.
When seeking treatment, it is always best to first begin with conservative treatments. Physical therapy, chiropractic care, pain medications and epidural steroid injections may relieve your pain. However, if these measures fail to help, a minimally invasive laser spine procedure may be the right treatment. North American Spine has helped people just like you find relief with a cervical discectomy or foraminotomy.
Your Cervical Spine
The top seven vertebrae that support your head and neck are called the cervical spine. They work together to protect your spinal column and allow you unimpeded movement.
A herniated disc occurs when material from the disc bulges out, pinching or pressing the cervical nerve. Bone spurs can also impinge on nerves in the neck. Pain, weakness, trembling, and numbness of the arm can occur if you experience neck injury or trauma, but these conditions often appear with little or no warning in adults.
The following are the most common procedures we perform on the cervical spine to treat symptoms of the neck, arms and hands.
Sometimes called the “Band-Aid” procedure, a cervical discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed exclusively in the cervical spine—the area of the spine that begins at the base of the skull and encompasses seven vertebral segments that connect to the thoracic spine (upper back). It does not require an incision or stitches—which means patients have less risk for infection and usually enjoy a shorter recovery time. Learn more about the cervical laser discectomy.
An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion begins with a very small incision in the front of the neck. The bulging or herniated disc and the bone spurs that are compressing the nerves and spinal cord are removed. The resulting space is filled with a bone graft, fusing the vertebrae together for stability. Learn more about the Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion.
The goal of a cervical disc replacement (CDR) is to relieve pain caused by a herniated or degenerated disc or bone spurs in the neck by removing whatever is causing the nerve impingement, and replacing the damaged disc with a synthetic disc to preserve mobility. Learn more about the Cervical Disc Replacement (CDR).
Minimally invasive foraminotomy is a surgical procedure used to relieve damaging nerve pressure in your neck that develops inside gaps in your spinal bone called foramina (singular, foramen). These gaps allow your nerves to pass through your spinal column and supply sensation to your body, and pressure on them can be the source of pain, tingling, numbness or feelings of muscle weakness.
Learn more about the foraminotomy.
To find out if one of our cervical procedures is right for you, call us 24/7 at 877.474.2225 or submit the form on this page. We’ll review your MRI or CT scan and provide you with a customized treatment plan at no cost.