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Relieve Neck Pain Without Invasive Surgery

Surgery is always an option when cervical (neck) pain invades your life, but ongoing research has given orthopedists like Dr. Paul M. Brisson, MD, new tools that can reduce or cure neck pain without resorting to the scalpel. We’ll all probably be in pain at some point, due to accident or injury, lifestyle, work habits or just the fact that we’re getting old.

Treatment depends on the source and severity of your pain — most neck pain is a short-term problem that the body heals on its own, with a little help from pain relievers, chiropractic and lifestyle improvements.

Non-surgical Treatment Options

Most neck injuries occur in the soft tissues — muscles, tendons or ligaments. Patients describe them as a persistent ache, stabbing or burning; areas sensitive to the touch; numbness and tingling or headaches. To help these small problems work themselves out:

  1. Apply Ice: These are different treatments for different situations. The body often rushes additional blood to an injured area, but, when the body overdoes it and swelling occurs, ice helps reduce blood flow by constricting blood vessels.

 

  1. Apply Heat: As swelling goes down, switch to heat (via heating pad, hot tub or warm wrap, to loosen muscles and send more blood to the area. Apply it for about 20 minutes at a stretch, several times daily.

 

  1. Correct Your Posture: Sitting up straight, walking with shoulders high is old, and very sage advice, but there’s more. Tilting your neck forward 20 degrees, like looking at your phone or tablet — puts 30 extra pounds of pressure on your spine. Over time, this can erase the natural curve of your neck, weaken muscles and cause shoulder muscles to tighten, producing create chronic neck pain. Sit with your eyes facing straight forward as much as possible then move around and stretch out regularly.

 

  1. Exercise: Appropriate exercise strengthens neck muscles, enabling them to do more without pain. Aerobic exercises increase blood flow to soft muscles and tissues of the neck, loosening tight muscles, strengthening weak ones and increasing range of motion. Discuss your goals with your physician, who can help you design a suitable exercise program.

 

  1. Eat Right, Quit Smoking, Don’t Misuse Drugs: These should be no-brainers, but some people insist on risking their long-term health with bad habits.

 

Visit New York City’s Top Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Brisson is a fully-qualified, well-respected member of the New York City medical community, with over 30 years in practice and a skilled staff to back him up. Located just east of Madison Square Park on 25th Street in Manhattan, his practice provides the best service to every one of his patients. If you’re in pain, contact Dr. Paul M. Brisson, MD, today for a consultation. You don’t have to live with neck pain.

Find Relief from Neck Pain, Numbness, and Weakness

It’s crucial to get neck pain treatment as soon as possible to live a pain-free life and prevent the possibility of additional damage.

A Few Causes of Neck Pain

  1.   Disease — neck pain can be a side effect of rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis, cancer and more.
  2.   Herniated disc — the cushions between vertebrae have a soft nucleus and tough shell. If any of the nucleus matter pushes through the shell, it can compress nerves.
  3.   Spinal stenosis — a narrowing of the spinal canal pinches the nerves. Common to people over age 50,  osteoarthritis results from normal wear and tear, but treatment can relieve symptoms.
  4.   Muscle strains — overworking the muscles by spending too many hours hunched over your electronics or doing too many reps at the gym.
  5.   Whiplash — whenever the head is yanked back and forth quickly, the soft tissues of the neck might get stretched farther than they should.

If you experience acute neck pain plus confusion, drowsiness, fever, headache, light sensitivity or vomiting, cervical spine pain may be just a symptom of a more serious problem. You need neck pain treatment immediately to discover the underlying cause, which may be a medical emergency.

Surgery Options for Neck Pain

Neck pain treatment always starts with physical therapy. Options include stretching and exercise to relieve pain and increase range of motion; anti-inflammatory medications or muscle relaxants; steroidal injections at the location of the pain. When these don’t do enough, one of these neck pain surgery options may be indicated:

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) removes one or more herniated discs and joins two adjacent vertebrae together.

Cervical Spine Fusion joins two bones to help stabilize the neck; in some cases, titanium implants or plates join the vertebrae together until new bone grows between them.

Posterior Laminectomy and Laminoplasty reduce pinching on the nerves by removing the thin bony layer covering the spinal canal so a disc can move back into place while removing bone spurs in the canal.

Cervical Corpectomy and Fusion removes a whole vertebra or disc then joins surrounding vertebrae.

Complex Revision of an ACDF removes previously inserted implants and hardware which have failed or inserts new hardware, implants or additional bone grafts.

Dr. Brisson will always explain the details, risks, and benefits of any procedure. After 25 years in practice in Manhattan, Dr. Brisson has earned a reputation few physicians can match for relieving pain. Contact the office today if you need neck pain relief. The sooner treatment starts, the sooner you find relief.

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