Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment for Neck Pain
Injury or damage to the cervical spine does not simply cause localized discomfort in the neck; it can lead to decreased mobility, the loss fine motor skills, and other symptoms. Fortunately, Dr. Aron Rovner offers a variety of treatments for neck pain at his New Jersey area practice. He only recommends surgery when patients do not respond to more conservative treatments, but can, if necessary, perform a highly advanced cervical spine surgery using minimally invasive procedures. If your life has been compromised by neck pain, you deserve effective treatment. Contact New York Spine and Sports Surgery to schedule your consultation today.
Understanding Cervical Anatomy
Your spine extends from the base of your skull all the way down to your coccyx, or tailbone. It is comprised of 33 vertebrae, connected by ligaments and muscles. Soft, fibrous discs rest between the vertebrae for cushioning and protection. The vertebrae and soft tissues surround and protect the spinal column, or the bundle of nerves that transmit signals from the brain to the rest of the body. The seven delicate cervical vertebrae are the smallest in the spine and are located in the neck. Like the lumbar region, the cervical region can be injured from daily stress and traumatic injury.
Common Neck Conditions
At New York Spine and Sports Surgery, we treat a number of cervical conditions, including:
- Herniated Discs: The cushioning vertebral discs are filled with a soft, jelly-like material. If this material leaks out of a disc, it can tear the ligaments surrounding your spine and press against the cervical nerve. It is possible that your herniated disc will not lead to any discomfort, though in most cases a herniated disc causes pain where the ligaments were damaged, and can radiate down the arms. A herniated disc may be due to trauma or aging.
- Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease: With increasing age, the discs in your cervical region can start to wear down. As this happens, the spaces between your vertebrae become smaller. The main symptom of this condition is a stiff neck. If the spaces between your vertebrae become small enough, they can pinch nerve roots, leading to pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the arms. Cervical disc degeneration can also make you more susceptible to herniated discs.
- Cervical Myelopathy: Trauma, inflammation, tumors, and degeneration from aging can cause disruptions in the transmission of neural signals, a condition called myelopathy. When present in the cervical area, myelopathy can affect arms, hands, legs, and bowel and bladder function.
- Cervical Radiculopathy: Radiculopathy is a broad term that describes any condition that puts pressure on the spinal nerves. Cervical radiculopathy may be better known as a "pinched nerve," and can result from a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, myelopathy, a bone spur, a tumor, or other factors.
Find Out What Is Causing Your Neck Pain
If you suffer from neck pain, Dr. Rovner will provide a comprehensive exam to give you an accurate diagnosis and individualized care. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.