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What Conditions Cause Neck Pain?

We regularly treat the following conditions that can cause cervical spine pain:

Degenerative Disc Disease is a spine condition that occurs when parts of the spine — including muscles, vertebrae, ligaments, and intervertebral discs — deteriorate due to years of tension and stress.

As a person ages, natural changes occur in the spine, particularly in the discs. These soft, gel-filled discs become thinner and less resilient, leading to their decreased effectiveness as shock absorbers and cushions for the spine.

Specific injuries that occur with Degenerative Disc Disease include a tear in the disc, also known as a disc herniation, and bulging discs. These conditions result in compression of surrounding nerves of the spinal cord, causing pain. Discs may also lose their cartilage and water content, leading to insufficient cushioning of the vertebrae on either side, causing the bones to rub together. Because the spinal column is filled with nerves, these changes in disc integrity and placement easily result in painful symptoms, which include localized and radiating pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and decreased motor function.

Dr. Brisson’s philosophy is to fully understand your unique condition then employ the most conservative methods first, such as physical therapy, medication to reduce inflammation, stretching and exercise, all of which can temporarily relieve compression and reduce neck pain.

In more severe cases, conservative treatments may not prove to be sufficient or effective, and taking into consideration your coexisting symptoms and how long you’ve been suffering, Dr. Brisson may recommend surgery for Degenerative Disc Disease.

Traumatic Cervical Disc Herniations occurs when the intervertebral disc bulges or ruptures because of a sudden jerking motion such as whiplash, other injury or accident, keeping in mind that if you have weakness in your spine due to degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis traumatic injuries become common.

What is a disc? A disc is a tough gel-filled pad that acts as a shock absorber and cushion between the vertebral bones. When a disc tears it allows the soft gel within to leak out into the spinal canal.  The exuded disc material (or the bulging of the disc caused by the exuding gel) can then push against surrounding nerve roots, causing pain and other herniated disc symptoms.

Depending on its location and the nerve roots that are pinched, a herniated disc can lead to pain, numbness, and weakness in other parts of the body. A cervical herniated disc can cause symptoms in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands and fingers.

Correct diagnosis of the nature of the herniated disc (determining whether the disc is bulging or has actually broken open and ruptured) is crucial to determining the right treatment. In moderate cases, herniated disc treatment may involve conservative methods such as physical therapy to aid in pain management.

During your consultation, Dr. Brisson will thoroughly examine your neck and ask questions about the type of pain that you are experiencing. He may do tests, such as an MRI or a CT, to identify the issue.

Correct diagnosis of the nature of the herniated disc (determining whether the disc is bulging or has actually broken open and ruptured) is crucial to determining the right treatment. In moderate cases, herniated disc treatment may involve conservative methods such as physical therapy to aid in pain management.

During your consultation, Dr. Brisson will thoroughly examine your neck and ask questions about the type of pain that you are experiencing. He may do tests, such as an MRI or a CT, to identify the issue.

Dr. Brisson is one of the leading spine surgeons in New York City who specializes in treating spine conditions such as disc herniation.

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Spondylosis of the Cervical Spine (Arthritis of the Spine) Spondylosis is a term used to describe a range of symptoms and disorders that result from the degeneration of the spine that can naturally occur as we age. Spinal arthritis is a form of spondylosis, a common back condition treated by Dr. Brisson at our New York City office.

Also known as Osteoarthritis of the spine, degenerative spine arthritis occurs when the cartilage that protects the joints and discs in the neck and lower back begin to deteriorate because of the natural wear and tear of daily life.

In Spondylosis the disintegration of the protective cartilage of the vertebrae leads to increased friction between the bones of the facet joints, which causes swelling, stiffness, and neck pain. Some people experience only minor discomfort, while others may experience severe cervical spine pain that interferes with their daily activities.

In addition to these symptoms, degenerative spine arthritis is also a common cause of bone spurs, (osteophytes) or excess bone growth from the body’s reaction to increased friction. Bone spurs can put added pressure on the nerves in the spine, leading to weakness or numbness in the arms and legs.

Cervical Spine Stenosis is the abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal which causes pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Symptoms include

  • pain
  • numbness
  • tingling sensation
  • loss of motor control in the arms, neck, and shoulders

Cervical Radiculopathy causes pain that radiates down the shoulders and arms and possibly into the hands and fingers. Radiculopathy is due to spinal compression and/or inflammation of the nerve root.

Cervical Myelopathy is compression of the spinal cord caused by a restriction in the neck. The constriction might be a result of degenerative conditions of the discs and facet joints (spondylotic myelopathy) or because of bone spur formation (stenosis with myelopathy.)

NY Spine Care provides a variety of cervical spine care treatments, all tailored to meet your individual needs.

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