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The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR Offers Relieving Care for Post-Surgical Neck Pain

Neck pain anytime is not 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 issues at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR helps many Colorado Springs neck pain sufferers attain 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 80 years of age have it. 10% to 20% of people with disc degeneration in the lumbar spine 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 to start as early as in the second decade of life. (2) The artificial disc replacement has existed for some time. An early review of its use and efficacy stated that about 5% of DDD patients were eligible for it. Further, the review reported 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 ranged from 0% to 8.1% per implant. Adjacent segment disease was said to be 2% in an 11-year-follow-up study, but not conclusive in the clinical trial data. (1) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR finds that post-surgical neck pain patients with such adjacent segment disease pursue our Colorado Springs chiropractic care not uncommonly.

ADJACENT SEGMENT DISEASE AFTER CERVICAL SPINE SURGERY

Spine literature has recently addressed the concern expressed 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 explained as possibly resulting from altered stresses on the adjacent levels after such procedures. In an article written for an audience of primary care practitioners who care for post-surgical patients with spinal pain, one such patient who presently had neck pain and cervical arm pain radiculopathy with a history of having undergone anterior cervical disectomy and spinal fusion surgery 30 years earlier for DDD. This patient had 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) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR uses flexion distraction decompression procedures to gently treat post-surgical Colorado Springs neck pain.

POST-CERVICAL SPINE SURGERY NECK PAIN

Researchers wrote that cervical spine surgeries for degenerative cervical spine conditions are increasing swiftly 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 recommended though some patients are not able to or unwilling to undergo 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 reviewed published papers to establish a path of care. Of 12 articles, 10 studies on conservative care reported favorable clinical outcomes. (4) That is hopeful! The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR shares this hope with our Colorado Springs 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-controlled 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.

Schedule your Colorado 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 the hands of your chiropractor.

The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR offers gentle care for neck pain after neck surgery.
 
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