Cervical Spine Treatment
Neck pain is all too common as people spend more and more time hunched over computer screens and driving their cars through traffic-filled commutes. You don't have to live with neck pain caused by abnormalities in the soft tissues, nerves, discs, or bones in the cervical spine.
Neck Pain Doctor in Maryland
The board-certified, fellowship-trained specialists at The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics will provide a thorough evaluation of your condition before recommending a course of treatment. If surgery is necessary, our spine surgeons are experienced in innovative techniques to help restore pain-free neck motion.
What Causes Neck Pain?
About the Cervical Spine
The cervical spine is composed of seven small bones (vertebrae) in the neck that support the head. Within the spine, the neck has the greatest degree of movement.
The cervical spine is vulnerable to injury. Neck injury, compressed nerves, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis are some of the most common causes of neck pain. Symptoms of cervical spine problems can include:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Limited movement
- Burning pain
- Crunching noise
- Pain or numbness that spreads through the shoulder and arm
Neck Pain Treatment
Our spine surgeons have expertise in the following state-of-the-art cervical spine procedures:
Artificial cervical disc replacement can be an alternative to spinal fusion surgery (ACDF) for people with degenerative cervical disc disease. Unlike spinal fusion, a cervical disc replacement allows more natural motion of the spine, return to natural disc height, and near normal stress absorption in the spine.
Artificial cervical disc replacement is generally used for certain levels of the spine (C3-C7). The goal of the procedure is to relieve pain and maintain motion, reduce further degeneration in the spine, and help you return to your activities quickly. There are several types of artificial cervical discs, and your spine surgeon will discuss the most appropriate one for you.
An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is the type of surgery most frequently used for a herniated cervical disc. Your spine surgeon will remove all or part of a herniated disc or discs and fuse two or more vertebrae together to stop movement and relieve pain caused by the disc herniation.
Nerve roots travel from both sides of the spinal cord through boney passages called foramen. These nerve roots may be compressed due to a herniated or bulging disc or a bone spur that forms on the foramen.
Posterior cervical foraminotomy is a minimally invasive alternative to ACDF to relieve symptoms of a pinched spinal nerve in the neck. This procedure creates more space for the nerve root to pass through the foramen by removing the herniated or bulging portion of a disc or by eliminating the bone spur.
Certain degenerative spine conditions can cause the opening in the spine to become smaller. When this happens, it can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, affecting the way they work and causing pain.
The back part of each vertebra arches to form a roof-like cover called the lamina. A cervical laminaplasty surgically opens the lamina to create a larger opening in the bone, which takes pressure off the spinal cord and nerves and relieves symptoms.
Our spine surgeons also treat patients with spine fractures and dislocations in the neck, which most often occur due to an auto accident, sports-related injury, or fall.