The cervical spine (seven small vertebrae that sit below the skull to the top of the shoulders) is a unique part of the spine that allows great movement, from turning side to side, bending side to side, to looking up and down. Since it only has to bear the weight of the head and to allow a wide range of vision, it is another area of the body that sacrifices stability for mobility.
Neck pain can be debilitating and cause a wide array of secondary symptoms, including headaches, shoulder pain, and neurological symptoms like numbness, tingling, weakness, pain down the arms. Arthritic changes in the cervical spine (degenerative disc disease) are very common, causing stiffness in the morning, decreased range of motion, and severe achy and sharp pains.
Treatments most of our patients have tried:
Cervical fusions not only significantly decrease the amount of motion in the neck, but also many patients still experience unbearable pain after the procedure. Once patients undergo a cervical fusion and still experience pain, there is not much anyone can do to help.
The human body's ability to heal is extraordinary. However, that ability begins to wane as we age, and our bodies take longer to heal. If the daily recurring damage is greater than the body's healing capacity, the condition continues to worsen.
Here, at NexGen Healthcare, we use cutting-edge technology and procedures to put the area of concern in the best position to heal itself. We have seen countless patients who were told, "the only thing we can do for you is surgery," and after their time with us, most of them elect to not get surgery. They can now do things the way they want to do them with the people they love, and that's what we are all about.
Many of our patients are told that a cervical fusion is the only option remaining. Please do not make this life-altering decision until you come and see us. Call us for a consultation today, and let’s see what we can do for you.