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 conditions at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic helps many Augusta 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 80 years of age 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 respond to non-surgical treatments. (1) Degenerative disc disease is documented as starting in the second decade of life. (2) The artificial disc replacement has existed for a while. An early review of its use and efficacy stated that about 5% of DDD patients were appropriate for it. Additionally, the review stated that lumbar artificial disc replacement was 79% superior to 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 went from 0% to 8.1% per implant. Adjacent segment disease was reported to be 2% in one 11-year-follow-up study, but not definitive in the clinical trial data. (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic sees post-surgical neck pain patients with such adjacent segment disease seek our Augusta chiropractic care not uncommonly.
ADJACENT SEGMENT DISEASE AFTER CERVICAL SPINE SURGERY
Spine literature has recently addressed the concern conveyed in the study above about adjacent segment disease, degenerative changes at spinal segments immediately 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 currently had neck pain and cervical arm pain radiculopathy after a history of having had anterior cervical disectomy and spinal fusion surgery 30 years earlier for DDD. This patient had 34 sessions of chiropractic care – a combination of cervical manipulation, flexion distraction decompression, soft-tissue mobilization and therapeutic ultrasound – stated that they had relief. (3) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic uses flexion distraction decompression procedures to gently address post-surgical Augusta neck pain.
POST-CERVICAL SPINE SURGERY NECK PAIN
Researchers wrote that cervical spine surgeries for degenerative cervical spine conditions are increasing quickly 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 proposed though some patients are not able to or don’t want to undergo another surgery. Such patients may then consult with a practitioner who offers 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 establish a path of care. Of 12 articles, 10 studies on conservative care reported favorable clinical outcomes. (4) That is hopeful! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic imparts this hope with our Augusta 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-monitored 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 describes how he helped a patient find relief of his neck pain after a cervical spine surgery following the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management which may include nutritional advice to slow the degenerative disc disease.
Set up your Augusta chiropractic appointment now. Unwelcomed neck pain due to degenerative disc disease and/or adjacent segment disease after a cervical spine surgery may well find the hoped for relief in the hands of your chiropractor.