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Conditions, Treatments / 13 January 2020

When Is Neck Surgery Necessary?

When it comes to any injury, including those to your neck, surgery should be your final option. There are plenty of more conservative methods to treat pain and try to restore normal function to the neck. However, if you’ve worked through alternative options and find yourself at the bottom of the barrel and still in pain, it might be time to consider surgery.

In this article, the experts at NJ Spine and Wellness will help you walk through the alternative methods to consider. We’ll also cover what happens if you reach the point where neck surgery is a necessity.

What Types of Injuries Lead to Neck Surgery?

When it comes to your neck, several different kinds of injuries can occur. From cervical bone breaks — more commonly known as a broken neck — to spinal cord compression, nerve compression and degenerative disks, your neck plays a key role in your mobility and might need surgical care after an injury. However, except in the case of an emergency, you should certainly try alternative treatment options before considering a surgical route.

Alternative treatment options for neck pain include:

  • Rest
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Pain and/or anti-inflammatory medication
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Physical therapy
  • Activity modifications, such as improved posture and pain-relieving exercises

When It’s Time to Consider Neck Surgery

If you’ve worked through the above treatments to no avail, it may be time to look at your surgical options. There is no set deadline by which your symptoms should have improved in order to necessitate surgery. Some medical professionals recommend trying alternative methods for up to six months before going the surgical route, while others advise attempting physical therapy for a minimum of six weeks first. Largely, your decision should depend on the severity of your condition as well as your pain tolerance.

Follow the advice and the treatment plan suggested by your health care provider, or reach out to NJ Spine and Wellness if you need a consultation. Besides exhausting alternative methods, common signs that it’s time to look at surgery include:

  • The development of progressive nerve damage, indicating that your condition is worsening instead of improving over time. You might be able to tell this is happening because of increased motor weakness.
  • Signs indicating that your injury is putting pressure on your spinal cord, which should be remedied before it causes further damage.
  • Degenerative disks causing neck pain that makes it difficult to live your regular life. These damaged disks might cause pain or numbness that limit your mobility and ability to perform normal activities.

Contact NJ Spine and Wellness for a Consultation Regarding Neck Surgery

Contact NJ Spine and Wellness to find out if you might be a candidate for surgery. We can complete X-rays on-site as well as both surgical and non-surgical options, including physical therapy and pain management. As an out-of-network provider, we offer exceptional care without the red tape. Give us a call or submit a contact form to schedule an appointment and take the first steps in creating a care plan tailored to you.

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