Cervical Spine Treatment in Sonora

Surgery can improve cervical spine conditions

The cervical region consists of the top seven vertebrae nearest the skull. Joints in the cervical region allow the head to swivel and nod.

One of the most common cervical spine conditions is cervical radiculopathy, which is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the cervical spine. Because these nerves travel to the shoulders, arms and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in these areas.

A common surgical treatment for cervical spine conditions is anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.This surgery removes a herniated or diseased disc and relieves neck and radiating arm pain caused by parts of the disc pressing on nerve roots. A bone graft is inserted in place of the removed disc and a metal plate may be used to hold the bones in place while the vertebrae heal to form a fusion.