LAW FIRM SPECIALIZING IN NECK INJURIES
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Injuries to the back and neck are incapacitating – even mild injuries can keep a person from performing day-to-day tasks. Often, injuries to one area of the back or neck can cause pain and stiffness to other areas. Treatment options range from resting at home to surgical procedures, depending on the type and severity of the injury. This article will discuss some options available for common back and neck injuries. Bulging or ruptured disc treatment options are discussed in another article.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
There are a wide range of symptoms associated with neck and back injuries:
- Discomfort when turning your head in certain directions. This discomfort can lead to pain in other regions of the upper body, including the shoulders and back.
- Intense pain or swelling in the cervical and/or lumbar region due to pressure on the nerve roots.
- Loss of mobility, or tingling and numbness in the fingers and toes.
- Shooting pain into the arms or legs
If any symptoms continue with no sign of improvement, it is important to seek medical advice from your nearest back or neck pain treatment specialist in Brevard County.
Recent advancements in non-surgical treatment for back and neck pain appear to be responsible for a decline in the number of people unable to work due to spinal injury or pain. Non-surgical treatment options for lumbar and cervical injuries include:
- Medication: Many back and neck injuries can be treated short-term with anti-inflammatory medication and pain relievers. Medication is a temporary measure; if the pain is not resolved within three months, seek the services of a neck and back pain treatment specialist.
- Activity: Changing sleeping and sitting positions can help to alleviate minor pain symptoms of back and neck injuries.
- Epidurals: Epidurals are injections that can help alleviate pain. Many who receive epidurals are often able to return to medication-only treatment.
- Physical therapy: Exercises can help strengthen the back and neck and speed up the recovery process after an injury.
- Cervical collar: The collar restricts movement and helps reduce neck pain.
- Alternative therapies: Acupuncture, acupressure and myotherapy (massage) may be used to relieve pain
Some back and neck injuries must be treated with surgery. Fortunately, there are specialists for neck and back surgery in Brevard County, including Titusville, Melbourne, and Palm Bay. Procedures include:
- Spinal fusion:The surgical joining (or fusing) of vertebrae to relieve pressure on the spine.
- Spinal decompression:This procedure increases the width of the spinal canal to alleviate the problems of compression.
- Debridement:When an infection is causing pain, this treatment may be used. Debridement is the surgical removal of sharp edges or rough areas of the spine that may rub together or touch a nerve, causing pain.
- Disc surgery:Severe conditions involving a bulging or ruptured disc in the neck or back may need surgical treatment. (See “Bulging Disc Treatments”)
HOW WE CAN HELP
Couture Law, P.A. works with a number of leading neck and back injury treatment providers in Brevard County.