Surgery for Pinched Nerve in Neck

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Surgery for Pinched Nerve in Neck

Message  XREDXR le Jeu 17 Fév - 1:07:35

The nerves in the neck area are often referred to as cervical nerves. In all, there are 8 cervical nerves. Pinched nerve in neck occurs when one or more of these nerves gets trapped or compressed. This kind of repetitive pressure leads to nerve inflammation and may even impair normal functioning of the nerve. If you or your friend or relative has been diagnosed with this condition, then you must know all about its important aspects, including the surgery for pinched nerve in neck.

Causes of Pinched Nerve in Neck

The most common cause of nerve compression in the neck is a bulging disc or herniated disc, where any cervical disc slips out of its original position and starts exerting pressure on the nerve in the surrounding area. An unwanted bony growth on the spine, known as neck spur, can also be responsible for trapped nerve in neck. A number of factors contribute towards this degeneration of the cervical spine, which includes spinal arthritis, aging, poor posture, repetitive use, tumor growth, and so on.

A pinched nerve in neck gives a sharp, shooting pain, that often travels down to other areas like the shoulders, back and arms. The pain felt in other parts of the body is known as referred pain. A sense of numbness and tingling is also experienced in these areas. Sometimes, the shoulders, arms and wrist become weak, and one feels that the limbs have no strength at all. These pinched nerve in neck symptoms tend to get aggravated with movements that strain the neck, like even turning the head.

Treatment for Pinched Nerve in Neck

Pinched nerve in neck is diagnosed with the help of an MRI scan, nerve conduction test, etc. Now, the next big question is what to do for a pinched nerve in neck. The main aim of the pinched nerve in neck treatment is to ease off the pressure from the affected nerve. For this reason, doctors first recommend to provide adequate amount of rest to the neck area. Avoid any such sitting or lying position that gives neck pain. Doctors also prescribe Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs) for pain relief.

If there is too much of pain and stiffness in the neck area, then cortisone injections are also administered. Doctors also recommend physical therapy for pinched nerve in neck. The physical therapists will suggest some effective pinched nerve exercises suitable for your condition. These exercises strengthen the neck muscles and make them flexible in order to ensure faster healing of the nerves. They will provide you with the right guidance to modify your activities in such a way that the the pressure on the affected nerve is minimized.

Surgery for Pinched Nerve in Neck

When the underlying cause of pinched nerve is either a herniated disk or bone spur, then these conservative methods of treatment may not give any relief. In many cases, the symptoms worsen with passage of time and may adversely affect movements of the shoulders, arms and fingers. As a result, the patient fails to carry out normal life activities. In that case, surgery for pinched nerve in neck is performed for pinched nerve in neck relief, and to prevent any further health complications.

The surgery for pinched nerve in neck is also known as cervical surgery. There are different forms of surgical techniques used for this purpose. The type of surgery to be performed largely depends on the position and condition of the pinched nerve. Sometimes, the portion of the herniated disk which is protruding out and exerting pressure on the nerve is surgically removed. Similarly, a part of the bony projection of a neck spur is removed by surgical means. In other cases, where the disc is in a badly damaged state, the entire disc may have to be removed. Then the other cervical bones are fused together. Once the excess material is eliminated from the discs, the symptoms of pinched nerve in neck usually subside.

The surgery is followed by a rehabilitation program that facilitates for faster healing of the operated neck. During this time, a neck collar is given to the patient which needs to be worn to provide adequate support to the neck. The patient may have to undergo physical therapy under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in order to restore the strength and flexibility of the neck muscles.

Most cases of surgery for pinched nerve in neck are highly successful. Post surgery, a good posture and a healthy weight needs to be maintained to reduce unnecessary pressure on the neck, back and shoulder region, to prevent any damage to the cervical spine and nerves.




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