Cervical Pain Explained by Laser Spine Institute – Common Causes of Neck Discomfort and Potential Treatment Options
Cervical pain, defined as pain that originates from the cervical spine (the top seven vertebrae), is often caused by degenerative spine conditions that the experienced surgeons at Laser Spine Institute can address with minimally invasive spine surgery.
Two of the most prominent of these conditions are degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis.
About Degenerative Disc Disease and Spinal Stenosis
Degenerative disc disease is a condition in which the cushioning discs between the vertebrae gradually wear down and lose height. The condition is not a disease, but is generally associated with normal aging.
The discs naturally deteriorate and dehydrate over the years, and this process can be accelerated by factors such as genetics, overuse and lifestyle.
Damaged discs in the cervical spine can cause local discomfort in the neck, and they also can lead to pressure on nerve roots or the spinal cord, which can result in traveling pain.
Spinal stenosis, or the narrowing of the spinal canal, is also associated with conditions that cause cervical pain.
These conditions include osteoarthritis and disc herniation. In addition to producing chronic neck pain, these conditions also can lead to side effects like bone spurs and displaced disc tissue that can cause the spinal canal to narrow and painfully compress nearby nerve roots or the spinal cord.
Exercises to Reduce Neck Pain
Whether you have already turned to Laser Spine Institute for minimally invasive spine surgery or you are seeking more conservative approaches for addressing your cervical pain, you may find it helpful to perform certain simple exercises.
By focusing on enhancing your neck’s flexibility, strength and mobility during your recovery from surgery or as a non-invasive treatment, you can improve the health of your spine and the muscles supporting it.
Some of the exercises that Laser Spine Institute recommends include:
Precautions to Keep in Mind
When completing any of the exercises that Laser Spine Institute recommends, it is important to avoid any sustained neck extension or rotation because these motions can make your pain worse.
You should also listen to your body by stopping any exercise that causes you discomfort and contacting your physician for advice.
The Laser Spine Institute Exercise Video Series, including all functional activities, post-surgical exercises and descriptions were designed specifically for Laser Spine Institute patients only. If you have not been prescribed these exercises, you should contact your physician before starting this or any exercise program. Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. Risks include, but are not limited to: risk of injury, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, or adverse effect of over-exertion such as muscle strain, abnormal blood pressure, fainting and disorders of heart beat. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult your surgeon's liaison or physician.