Treatment of Neck Pain: Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatment

If you suffer from neck pain (cervicalgia), do you know how to treat your neck pain? You should know about this matter since you may realize that some of your behaviors might be the cause of your neck pain (about the cause of neck pain, you can read in our previous article).

Inside this article, we would like to inform you about neck pain, particularly the treatment of neck pain. This article is written as a part of neck pain article series.

The structures of this article are as follows:

  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Neck Pain
  • Surgical Treatment of Neck Pain

Optimistically, you will derive useful information about the treatment of neck pain.

We wish you a happy learning!

    Non-Surgical Treatment of Neck Pain
    You should read this carefully: Most neck pain patients do not require surgery or any other surgical procedure.

    Less than five (5) percent of neck pain patients are suggested to undergo a surgery.

    Usually, your doctor would recommend the following points:

  • Cold/heat therapy
    Cold therapy would help you to reduce muscle spasm, swelling and pain by lowering your blood flow within 24 to 48 hours. Afterwards, heat therapy may be applied.

    Through heat therapy, blood flow increases in order to relax and warm your soft tissues. Increased blood flow will swept away toxins which may accumulate in your tissues due to disc injury and muscle spasm.

    You should remember not to apply ice or heat directly onto your skin. It would be better for you to wrap with thick towel on the cold or heat source between 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Medications
    Anti-inflammatory drugs may become the part of your medications to reduce swelling, a narcotic (pain killer) to ease acute neck pain with intense but short-period characteristic and a muscle relaxant to lessen spasm.

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) might be used by your physician to treat mild to moderate neck pain.

  • Physical therapy
    You might be transmitted to a physical therapist by your doctor. The purpose of physical therapy is to reduce pain and increase your neck flexibility. The examples of physical therapy are stretching, neck traction, gentle massage and ice and heat therapy.

Within 4 to 6 weeks, just like majority of neck pain patients, your pain symptoms will disappear without surgery interference. You should be optimistic to yourself about the success of your treatment plan.

Surgical Treatment of Neck Pain

  • As a neck pain patient, your doctor will recommend you to undergo a surgery only if all non-surgical treatments do not relieve neck pain symptoms. Your doctor will also recommend a surgery if he/she observed spinal cord compression.
  • As a neck pain patient, you have the right to ask the purpose of the surgery, the expected result and go for the second opinion.
  • In a neck pain surgery, a discectomy or partial disc removal usually involves to relieve neck pain or nerve pressure.
  • An anterior discectomy (surgery is started from the front of your neck) is usually performed in a neck pain surgery.
  • Sometimes, laminotomy (surgery procedure to access the problematic disc through removing small portion of your bone that covering the nerve) is also done from the back of your neck (posterior laminotomy).
  • During neck pain surgery, minimum invasive spine operation techniques are frequently used.

In the next article, we will write further about treatment of neck pain.

You should consult with your doctor and other health care professionals to get a better knowledge and information about treatment of neck pain.

Kindly bear in mind, this article is not solely intended as the only source of information about treatment of neck pain.

2 responses to Treatment of Neck Pain: Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatment

  1. I think Non-Surgical Treatment is better then surgical but in non -surgical it have a long procedure of treatment, That is very good information about neck pain patients have a choice to choose his way of the treatment . Thanks to sharing with us.

  2. I find that alternating between hot and cold packs works really well for me.

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