rarely needed for neck pain. It may be an option when:
A neck injury causes a fracture or
abnormal motion (instability). Surgery may be done to stabilize the spine and
prevent a bone fracture from causing instability and possible paralysis. Pressure on the
nerve roots or
spinal cord causes numbness or arm, hand, or leg weakness; severe pain that lasts for months; or loss of bladder or bowel control. Pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord may be caused by problems such as a narrowing of the spinal canal ( cervical spinal stenosis), arthritis of the neck ( cervical spondylosis), or a herniated disc in the neck. Surgery choices
Some people can
artificial disc replacement instead of spinal fusion. This surgery is currently just for carefully selected
patients, and it is done by specially trained surgeons. Doctors have not yet
done long-term studies to know how well this works over time.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 19, 2012
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