Treatment Options for Your Neck or Back Pain
Your neck or back pain will be evaluated, and Dr. Kornel will talk to you about the treatments that would have the best chance of success. Remember that every patient is different, and that some procedures might not be appropriate in your case.
Some of the treatments that Dr. Kornel might recommend include:
Artificial Disc Replacement: If you have a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease, an artificial disc replacement might be the treatment of choice. During this procedure, your damaged disc is removed, and it is replaced by an artificial disc that will allowed continued motion of the spine as your natural disc allows Most of the time, artificial disc replacement is done only after non-surgical methods of relieving your pain have failed.
Cervical Discectomy: Sometimes a bulging or herniated disc in the neck needs to be removed. This procedure is called a cervical discectomy. It is normally done through the front of the neck, as this location provides clear access to the disc with a low rate of complications. Once the disc has been removed, most patients have cervical fusion done at the same time. This is a bone graft that will eventually fuse the two (or more) affected vertebrae in place. When indicated Dr. Kornel may recommend replacement with an artificial disc rather than a fusion to preserve motion of the spine.
Cervical Radiculopathy Treatment: Cervical radiculopathy is a compression of a nerve in the spine. It can cause neck pain, aswell as pain that extends down the arms or into the chest, back and shoulders. Sometimes patients lose fine motor control in one or both hands. The condition can result from an injury or trauma, or it might be a side effect from disc degeneration disease. Treatment options range from medications to physical therapy to neck surgery. Minimally invasive are appropriate in some cases, but not all. Dr. Kornell will talk to you about which options might be right for you.
Dr. Kornel performs many procedures on the neck and spine, and provides comprehensive spine care to his patients in the New York metro area. If you are having back pain, neck pain or other symptoms that you feel may be stemming from a problem with your spine, please call the office at (914) 908-5384 to make an appointment for a consultation.