Many people will have neck problem at some time in their lives. Problems can be caused by trauma or sometimes just as the natural aging process. Regardless, neck problems can be very painful and really interfere with our daily lives. Fortunately not all neck problems require surgical correction – but there are several problems which often do require surgery.
- Herniated disc: this happens when the disc herniates out of its normal position and can put pressure on a nerve.
- Cervical stenosis: this is narrowing of the spinal canal and can put pressure on a nerve.
- Spinal cord tumor: a benign or cancerous growth in the spinal cord, between the membranes covering the spinal cord, or in the spinal canal. A tumor in this location can compress the spinal cord or its nerve roots; therefore, even a noncancerous growth can be disabling unless properly treated.
When there is a “pinched” nerve, pain along with numbness and tingling into a shoulder and down an arm and sometimes into a hand(s) may occur. An MRI is needed to diagnose the severity of the problem and helps the surgeon determine if surgery is recommended. If there is severe pressure on the spinal cord, emergent surgery may be required.
Dr. Swaid will evaluate you and may recommend surgery to you only as a last resort. He will often recommend conservative treatments first such as physical therapy, epidural blocks, rest and medication – and only if these measures fail he may then recommend surgery.
The procedure most often performed is an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Dr. Swaid Swaid has performed over 7,000 of these operations during the 35 years he’s been in practice which makes him one of the most experienced neurosurgeons. Call our office today and have your neck pain evaluated by Dr. Swaid.