Cross Chiropractic Center Offers Relieving Care for Post-Surgical Neck Pain

Neck pain anytime isn’t welcome. Neck pain after neck surgery is particularly 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 Cross Chiropractic Center helps many Sandy Springs neck pain sufferers find neck pain relief.

DDD

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) - the wear and tear of a or multiple 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 disc degeneration in the lumbar spine and up to 30% of those with cervical disc degeneration will not respond to 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 existed for some time. An early analysis of its use and efficacy stated that about 5% of DDD patients were eligible for it. Further, 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 went from 0% to 8.1% per implant. Adjacent segment disease was said to be 2% in one 11-year-follow-up study, but not conclusive in the clinical trial data. (1) Cross Chiropractic Center finds that post-surgical neck pain patients with such adjacent segment disease seek our Sandy Springs chiropractic care not uncommonly.

ADJACENT SEGMENT DISEASE AFTER CERVICAL SPINE SURGERY

Spine literature has recently addressed the concern expressed in the prior study about adjacent segment disease, degenerative changes at spinal segments directly next to a spinal fusion or disc implant region. The cause for such pain is described as potentially resulting from altered stresses on the adjacent levels after such procedures. In an article geared toward primary care practitioners who see 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 ago for DDD. This patient underwent 34 sessions of chiropractic care – a mix of cervical manipulation, flexion distraction decompression, soft-tissue mobilization and therapeutic ultrasound – stated that they experienced relief. (3) Cross Chiropractic Center uses flexion distraction decompression procedures to gently treat post-surgical Sandy Springs neck pain.

POST-CERVICAL SPINE SURGERY NECK PAIN

Researchers wrote that cervical spine surgeries for degenerative cervical spine conditions are rising swiftly and creating 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 unable to or unwilling to go through another surgery. Such patients may then consult with a practitioner who offers manual therapy for desired relief. Because the clinical practice guidelines are written but not very clearly 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! Cross Chiropractic Center shares this hope with our Sandy Springs neck pain patients who have had cervical spine surgery for degenerative disease and other issues causing neck pain. Our gentle spinal manipulation approach called Cox® Technic provides 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 treated a patient who found 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.

Schedule your Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment soon. Unwelcomed neck pain as a result of degenerative disc disease and/or adjacent segment disease after a cervical spine surgery may well find desired relief in your chiropractor’s hands.

Cross Chiropractic Center offers gentle treatment for neck pain after neck surgery.
 
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