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Common Cervical Injuries and Treatment Options - Spine Center of Texas
thoracic injuries, back pain
Common Thoracic Injuries and Treatment Options
spinal cord injuries, back pain
Ways to Prevent Spinal Cord Injuries
thoracic injuries, back pain
Common Thoracic Injuries and Treatment Options
spinal cord injuries, back pain
Ways to Prevent Spinal Cord Injuries

Cervical injuries can affect the bones, muscles, or nerves of the neck area. Damage can occur because of a fall, sports injury, motor vehicle accident, or simple wear and tear, and can lead to neurological issues. Also, every head injury places the cervical region at risk for harm.

The most common types of cervical problems are:

  • Neck strain or sprain
  • Cervical disc degeneration
  • Herniated cervical disc
  • Fractured cervical vertebrae

Treatment options for each condition vary, depending on the severity of the injury.

Neck strains or sprains frequently heal quickly with conservative methods such as rest, pain medication, heat or cold packs, and light massage. If pain and stiffness are severe, it may be necessary to consult with a chiropractor or family practice physician.

Cervical disc degeneration often happens with age. If pain and symptoms increase, a doctor will often advise rest and activity modification paired with pain medication and hot or cold treatments. Physical therapy can help improve strength and stability, while Chiropractic manipulation aids with range of motion. If surgery is needed, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, and cervical artificial disc replacement are the primary options.

Herniated cervical disc symptoms usually begin spontaneously. Conservative care starts with pain medication, activity modification, physical therapy, bracing, and cervical traction. Moderate chiropractic manipulation can help restore joint mobility. The primary surgical choices for herniated cervical disc are anterior cervical discectomy and spinal fusion, and posterior cervical discectomy.

Cervical spinal stenosis can be effectively treated with medication, physical therapy, and injections when it is mild. In severe cases, a procedure such as a foraminotomy, laminotomy, or laminectomy may be needed.

Fractured cervical vertebrae treatment depends onthe location and severity of the injury. A small compression fracture can heal when a cervical brace is worn for 6 to 8 weeks. A severe fracture may require surgical intervention such as decompression and spinal fusion.

If you are experiencing ongoing neck pain and would like to learn about the treatments we provide, please call one of our San Antonio, Seguin or New Braunfels offices.