What Is the Cervical Spine?
Your neck is just one section of your spine, a flexible colmn of bones and soft, malleable discs that run from the base of your skull to the top of your pelvis. The cervical spine includes seven bones that make up your neck. The discs between the vertebrae act as shock absorbers so you can move freely without pain.
When you injure or develop a disease in the cervical spine, it becomes difficult to perform everyday activities that involve turning your head. And you move your head more often than you realize. Common symptoms that indicate cervical spine damage include:
- Neck pain
- Radiating back pain
- Difficulty walking steadily
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness in your arms and hands
Dr. Branko Skovrlj at NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute in Edison, NJ is a leading neurosurgeon who specializes in treating neck and back pain. He uses cutting edge, minimally invasive spine surgeries. The earlier you undergo treatment, the better chance you have of preventing further cervical spine damage.
What Causes Neck and Upper Back Pain?
A sudden move that strains the muscles in your neck can cause neck pain. So can osteoporosis, which leads to small spinal fractures. Untreated, neck pain and other symptoms severely impair your ability to perform everyday tasks, including eating and bathing.
The most common cervical spine disorders almost always begin with minor neck pain that worsens over time. Conditions your neurosurgeon treats on a regular basis include:
- Cervical degenerative disc disease
- Cervical degenerative joint disease
- A herniated disc
- A slipped disc
- A pinched nerve
- Cervical stenosis
- A neck Injury
- A spinal cord injury
- A compression injury
What Can I Do About Neck Pain?
After trying conservative treatments like rest and heat packs to relieve your pain, your family doctor may prescribe stronger painkillers. But when neck and upper back pain continue, it’s time to turn to an expert in cervical spine treatment at NU-Spine. The most common types of minimally invasive procedures used to treat cervical spine disorders include:
- Cervical disc replacement
- Endoscopic posterior cervical foraminotomy and discectomy
- Minimally invasive laminectomy
- Spinal fusion
- Revision surgery
Don’t wait for pain to get worse. Don’t wait until you’re disabled. Contact Dr. Skovrlj at NU-Spine today for an evaluation.
- Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
- Cervical Degenerative Joint Disease
- Cervical Facet Syndrome
- Cervical Herniated Disc
- Cervical Slipped Disc
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Cervical Spinal Stenosis
- Cervical Whiplash
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
- Cervical Disc Replacement
- Endoscopic Anterior Discectomy
- Endoscopic Posterior Cervical
- Endoscopic Posterior
- Endoscopic Rhizotomy