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Three Neck Pain Causes and Treatments

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on November 27, 2017

Determining which of the neck pain causes is involved is the first step to establishing an effective treatment plan.

Treatment for problems affecting the neck – or cervical spine – range from rest and over-the-counter medication to spinal surgery. It’s best to work closely with an experienced orthopedic specialist to build a customized course of treatment.

This blog describes three neck pain causes – herniated disc, spinal stenosis and cervical spondylotic myelopathy – as well as treatment options. You can learn more about 

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Topics: Spine, Neck

Do You Need Surgery for Neck Pain?

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on November 20, 2017

Neck pain can sometimes be treated using non-surgical methods, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and steroid injections. But some problems are serious enough to require surgery for neck pain. Herniated discs and cervical spondylotic myelopathy are two conditions that often result in the need for cervical spine / neck surgery.

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Topics: Spine, Neck

Cervical Spine Anatomy Basics

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on October 30, 2017

In this blog, we'll describe the components of cervical spine anatomy, including the vertebrae, ligaments, nerves, veins, and arteries that make up the neck.

The primary function of the cervical spine is the mobility, support and protection of spinal canal and neural structures. The cervical spine is made up of:

  • 7 vertebrae
  • 6 intervertebral discs
  • 8 pairs of exiting nerve roots

The vertebrae are C1-C7. The primary motion at the C1-C2 joint is rotation.

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Topics: Spine, Neck