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Is Neck Surgery Right for You? Is There a Safer Alternative?

Neck surgery is presented as an option for some people dealing with chronic neck pain. However, it is a serious decision that should be made only after considering the risks involved. It is also good to explore all alternatives before agreeing to such a complicated surgery. Let’s look at some of the risks, along with an option that is offering patients much relief.

The neck is one of the body’s most fragile areas and contains many nerves. This is what causes neck surgery to be so high-risk. While it may correct one problem, it may cause additional problems later on that require more surgery to correct. It may even decrease your life quality. What are some complications of neck surgery?

  • Infection: Infection is a risk with any surgery and should not be taken lightly. If the body is exposed to bacteria, it may not be able to fight it off. If not cared for promptly, more complications can ensue. Indicators of infection are problems with speech, walking, and feeling weak.
  • Nerve damage: It is impossible to determine ahead of time which patient will suffer from nerve damage. To correct this, additional surgery may be required as you may have more pain after surgery or constant numbness and tingling.
  • Paralysis: The surgery carrying the greatest risk for paralysis is surgical spine fusion. Because this surgery is so close to the spinal cord, the end result can be a loss of feeling, weakness, paralysis of the arms and legs, and pain.

The Alternative to Neck Surgery

Many people are hoping for an alternative to neck surgery. One area of care proven to be successful in relieving neck pain is upper cervical chiropractic care. Here at Thrive Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Onalaska, Wisconsin, we use a gentle method to help realign any bones of the upper cervical spine that may have moved out of place. When this is done, many people report seeing better or equal results as surgery.


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