Neck Pain

Neck Pain Specialist
Neck Pain may occur when a person has degenerative disc disease or other issues. Dr. Shawn Henry is an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon in Fort Worth, TX, and he can advise you with some options that can help alleviate your pain.

Neck Pain Q & A

Why Does Neck Pain Happen?

The reason for neck pain varies from one person to the next as it depends on each of their circumstances, but in most cases it may be related to the discs or in other cases the vertebrae within the neck. It's natural for people to experience some disc deterioration as they age. This may be a result in cervical disc degeneration also known as spondylosis. Many chronic conditions can also result in neck pain, as well. Oftentimes, people who suffer from these conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis may experience neck pain. Sometimes, neck pain is the direct result of an accident that damaged the discs or vertebrae, for example an auto accident or a sports injury.

How Can Neck Pain be Addressed Surgically?

Surgical procedures for neck pain vary based on what kind of damage the neck has sustained. If the pain results from cervical disc damage, a surgery such as a decompressive laminectomy is often an excellent choice, as it can alleviate pain and pressure quickly. Disc replacements are made from biocompatible materials that are properly sized to provide cushioning and motion that the natural discs do. The vertebrae that are on either side of the disc can then be surgically fused to help prevent painful contact.

How Long is Recovery Following Neck Surgery?

The recovery period will depend on the individual and the particular surgery. Many neck pain relief surgeries today are minimally invasive thanks to highly advanced new technology. With minimally invasive surgery, the patient may be out of the hospital and return to work the next day. For more complicated neck surgeries, for example relief of spinal stenosis, the hospital stay may be slightly longer. Neck surgery recovery can range from a couple of weeks to about 6 weeks in some cases.

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