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Is surgery the only remedy to relieve a cervical spine problem?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Usually last one

Unless you have a tumor, infection, an unstable fracture or one with neurologic issues, a myleopathy, or a progressive neurologic dysfunction caused by spinal stenosis or a disc herniation, surgery should be final option after: activity modification, exercise/physical therapy, time, medication and where indicated: a soft cervical collar, pain management, massage, acupuncture, local heat, traction.

In brief: Usually last one

Unless you have a tumor, infection, an unstable fracture or one with neurologic issues, a myleopathy, or a progressive neurologic dysfunction caused by spinal stenosis or a disc herniation, surgery should be final option after: activity modification, exercise/physical therapy, time, medication and where indicated: a soft cervical collar, pain management, massage, acupuncture, local heat, traction.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If the problem is pressure on the spinal cord, surgery may be the best solution.
When there is pressure on the nerves, other measures (therapy, exercise, medication) are often effective. If you have neck pain without nerve problems, surgery is usually not helpful.

In brief: Depends

If the problem is pressure on the spinal cord, surgery may be the best solution.
When there is pressure on the nerves, other measures (therapy, exercise, medication) are often effective. If you have neck pain without nerve problems, surgery is usually not helpful.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Abhineet Chowdhary
Neurosurgery

In brief: No

It is actually the last resort.
You should first try physical therapy and even pain injections prior to undergoing surgical procedures for correction in most cases.

In brief: No

It is actually the last resort.
You should first try physical therapy and even pain injections prior to undergoing surgical procedures for correction in most cases.
Dr. Abhineet Chowdhary
Dr. Abhineet Chowdhary
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