Neck pain anytime isn’t welcome. Neck pain after neck surgery is especially unwelcome…by the patient and the treating physician! Gentle manual treatment of post-surgical neck pain and any adjacent-to-the-surgical-level-segment spinal pain issues at Young Chiropractic helps many Easley neck pain sufferers find neck pain relief.
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) - the wear and tear of one or more spinal discs – shows itself as low back pain and neck and arm pain. 40% of people over age 40 have degenerative disc disease while 80% of those over age 80 have it. 10% to 20% of people with lumbar disc degeneration and up to 30% of those with disc degeneration in the cervical spine will not get relief from non-surgical treatments. (1) Degenerative disc disease is reported to start as early as in the second decade of life. (2) The artificial disc replacement has been around for a while. An early review of its use and efficacy indicated that about 5% of DDD patients were eligible for it. Additionally, the review stated that lumbar artificial disc replacement was 79% better than lumbar spine fusion with a major complication rate of 0% to 13% per implanted device. The rate of major complications at 2 years post-surgery varied from 0% to 8.1% per implant. Adjacent segment disease was said to be 2% in an 11-year-follow-up study, but not conclusive in the clinical trial data. (1) Young Chiropractic sees post-surgical neck pain patients with such adjacent segment disease pursue our Easley chiropractic care not uncommonly.
ADJACENT SEGMENT DISEASE AFTER CERVICAL SPINE SURGERY
Spine literature has recently addressed the concern conveyed in the prior study about adjacent segment disease, degenerative changes at spinal segments directly next to a spinal fusion or disc implant area. The cause for such pain is described as potentially arising from altered stresses on the adjacent levels after such procedures. In an article geared toward primary care practitioners who care for post-surgical patients with spinal pain, one such patient who presently had neck pain and cervical arm pain radiculopathy with a history of having had anterior cervical disectomy and spinal fusion surgery 30 years prior for DDD. This patient had 34 sessions of chiropractic care – a combination of cervical manipulation, flexion distraction decompression, soft-tissue mobilization and therapeutic ultrasound – reported relief. (3) Young Chiropractic uses flexion distraction decompression procedures to gently address post-surgical Easley neck pain.
POST-CERVICAL SPINE SURGERY NECK PAIN
Researchers wrote that cervical spine surgeries for degenerative cervical spine conditions are increasing swiftly and leaving in their wake post-surgical pain syndromes: chronic pain, adjacent segment disease, recurrent disc herniation, facet join pain, and/or epidural scarring. Repeat surgeries may be advised though some patients are unable to or don’t want to go through another surgery. Such patients may then turn to manual therapy for hoped relief. Because the clinical practice guidelines are composed but not very distinctly for post-cervical spine surgery management, researchers analyzed published papers to determine a path of care. Of 12 articles, 10 studies on conservative care reported favorable clinical outcomes. (4) That is hopeful! Young Chiropractic imparts this hope with our Easley neck pain patients who have undergone cervical spine surgery for degenerative disease and other issues causing neck pain. Our gentle spinal manipulation approach called Cox® Technic allows relieving, doctor-controlled treatment of your cervical spine.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Chris Osterlitz on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses how he treated a patient who found relief of his neck pain after a cervical spine surgery using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management which may include nutritional advice to slow the degenerative disc disease.
Make your Easley chiropractic appointment soon. Unwelcomed neck pain due to degenerative disc disease and/or adjacent segment disease after a cervical spine surgery may well find desired relief in your chiropractor’s hands.