Cervical Spine

Learn more about some of the common ailments of the cervical spine and the procedures used to treat them. 

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Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion A procedure used to treat neck problems such as cervical radiculopathy, disc herniations, fractures and spinal instability. Download a printable PDF
Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement An artificial disc inserted in the space between two vertebrae to replace a damaged disc.  Download a printable PDF
Cervical Burners and Stingers Injury to the nerves of the neck and shoulder that cause a burning or stinging feeling, also known as brachial plexus injury. Download a printable PDF
Cervical Corpectomy and Strut Graft A surgery used to relieve pressure on the spinal cord due to spinal stenosis. Download a printable PDF
Cervical Discectomy Surgery to remove one or more discs from the neck.  Download a printable PDF
Cervical Foraminotomy A surgical procedure for widening the area where the spinal nerve roots exit the spinal column. Download a printable PDF
Cervical Laminectomy A surgical procedure to relieve pressure on the spinal cord due to spinal stenosis. Download a printable PDF
Cervical Radiculopathy Pressure on the nerve roots as they exit the spinal column, also known as a pinched nerve. Download a printable PDF
Cervical Spinal Stenosis Narrowing of the spinal column of the neck. Download a printable PDF
Cervical Spine Anatomy Learn how the parts of your neck work together. Download a printable PDF
Dropped Head Syndrome Characterized by severe weakness of the muscles of the back of the neck, causing the chin to rest on the chest in standing or sitting. Download a printable PDF
Neck Pain A basic overview on neck pain and the potential causes. Download a printable PDF
Posterior Cervical Fusion Joins two or more neck vertebrae into one solid section of bone, commonly used to treat neck fractures, dislocations and deformities in the curve of the neck. Download a printable PDF
Whiplash A sudden extension and flexion of the cervical spine, commonly seen in automobile accidents. Download a printable PDF