Many if not all of the treatments below can be used to help those suffering from a cervical pinched nerve as well as pinched nerves in other areas of the spine.
The following treatments work best whet performed for at least few months. You should not expect to see any actual changes in how you feel for about 2 – 3 weeks after starting treatment, so don’t get depressed and stay committed to your therapy.
Often the most effect treatment is resting, this means avoiding any activities that may aggravate your pinched nerve. Your doctor may also advise you to wear a cervical collar to limit how much your neck moves to prevent further irritation to the nerves and to help support the head. These cervical collars are made of either soft foam or a hard plastic and you will need to check under the collar everyday to prevent sores or blisters from forming.
A pinched cervical nerve occurs when there is compression on the nerves in the neck and is a common cause for neck pain. It’s often a result of an injury such as whiplash from a car accident or a fall. Since you do many things with your neck daily this is a condition that can greatly affect your day-to-day life.
There are many things that can pinch or compress the nerves in your neck depending on your age. In the older population it is often a result of osteoarthritis, while in the younger population it is often caused by injury or a herniated disc. Listed below are some of the more common causes.
If you follow the following guide you will be able to locate the best and most qualified rhizotomy surgeon available to you. Although you could use this guide for finding any qualified spine surgeon, some of it is specific to neurology.
If you are considering a spinal rhizotomy, the task of finding the correct surgeon can be daunting. You don’t just want any surgeon; you want someone who is experienced in treating neurological back disorders; you are looking for a surgeon who chooses quality over quantity. A doctor who only sees patients with neurological conditions is generally more knowledgeable about newer techniques and the best ways to go about treating your condition.
Although the cost of rhizotomy procedure is a very real factor in your decision to go ahead with surgery, it is also important to consider the reputation and ability of the operating surgeon before making a major decision like this.
Traditional Rhizotomy Cost
On average you are looking at paying $15,000-20,000 US for a rhizotomy procedure. Factors that may increase the price will usually be specific to the surgeon’s abilities, reputation, and the assisting staff used. If your surgeon will perform the procedure in a hospital you should expect to incur additional hospital fees and anesthesia fees near $15,000 US. If a hospital stay is required you could expect the fee to come to around $40,000 US.
What is a Rhizotomy Procedure?
During a rhizomtomy neurosurgical procedure, problematic spinal nerve roots are selectively severed to correct symptoms associated with neurological conditions. In problematic pinched nerve situations where conservative measures have had little to no effect on the symptoms, a rhizotomy procedure may be considered as a corrective measure.