Cervical Spine Disorders
What is Cervical Spine Disorders?
Discs in the neck can age and degenerate due to age-related spinal degeneration, which may have a hereditary tendency. Impingement of the cervical spinal cord or nerve roots may occur, which may impact critical processes, including the capacity to walk, breathe on one's own, and carry out independent tasks. Some people have cervical spine congenital defects from birth, which can seriously impact how they live their everyday lives. Traumatic cervical spine diseases can also develop in young, vigorous individuals from high-energy trauma or older patients from low-energy falls.
When to go for surgery
Numerous non-surgical procedures reduce patients' pain, stiffness, and mobility. Surgery may be required in some circumstances, particularly if the condition impairs the function of the spinal cord or nerve roots. The surgical possibilities vary from simple neck reconstruction to complicated microsurgical procedures, even after attempting various forms of therapy. Surgery is needed if cervical degenerative disc disease symptoms persist for six months. Surgery may be planned much sooner rather than waiting months when tingling, numbness, weakness, and/or coordination issues are escalating or severe.
The procedure for most cervical herniated discs, anterior discectomy, and fusion (ACDF) is the technique most frequently involved. A small way is made in the neck to remove the disc. There are two ways to approach the cervical spine: the front (anterior approach) or from the rear (posterior approach). Two adjacent cervical spine vertebrae are fused during a single-level cervical fusion. Even though it is a common, normal treatment, substantial surgery is still involved.
Post Surgery Care
When a targeted issue is treated with contemporary microsurgical methods, patients can leave the hospital on the same day and start early range-of-motion exercises immediately following surgery with a physical therapist to return to their regular daily activities quickly. Recovery may entail a period of bracing that might persist for weeks as the bone grafts heal in complicated realignment and reconstructive surgeries.
You must refrain from bending and twisting.
You should refrain from pushing, dragging, or lifting anything heavier than 5 to 10 lbs.
Restrict lifting, and physical activity will gradually lift as the healing process progresses.
Keep your spine at a neutral angle during the day and practice excellent posture.
Be in touch with your caregiver at all times.