Many people consider neck surgery if traditional methods have not proven effective in treating their pain. However, it is important to consider the risks involved. The neck is a very fragile part of the body and, because of this, surgery tends to come with a higher risk factor. The risks involved can lead to more surgeries or even worsen the quality of one’s life. Let’s see what some of these complications are:
- Nerve damage: Surgeons cannot predict which patients are more prone to nerve damage. If this happens, more surgery may be required to correct it. The patient may experience numbness or tingling at the surgery site.
- Infection: This can occur in the skin incision or deeper in the body, involving the spinal cord and vertebrae. It is important to be aware of red, hot, swollen tissue. Also, a fever and chills can indicate infection in the body. The wound may drain clear fluid or yellow puss.
- Paralysis: Because of the fragility of the neck and the number of nerves compacted in this area, it is ranked highest for possible nerve damage, particularly for cervical spinal fusion surgery. If nerve damage occurs pain, loss of feeling, weakening of muscles, and paralysis of the legs and arms can occur.
Are there Any Alternatives?
Surgery is often a necessary complication of life. However, in view of the above risks, it may be helpful to make sure all other options have been exhausted before agreeing to have an operation. One area of treatment that is seeing much success in treating patients with neck pain is that of upper cervical chiropractic care.
We will examine the neck to see if the underlying cause of your pain is actually due to a misalignment of the top bones of the vertebrae. If so, we use a gentle, effective technique to realign the spine. This can improve posture, the flow of nerves, muscle tone, and help in other areas of the body, as well. The body can begin healing. Our patients have reported a significant decrease in pain and problems with the neck.
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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on our website at http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com