Complex disorders of the cervical spine can be serious conditions that need to be properly managed by specialists.
The most common symptoms of cervical disorders are neck pain and a stiff neck. When nerves are involved, this can lead to a pressing pain, numbness, or weakness that goes down the shoulder, arm or hand.
When cervical disorders are not properly treated from the beginning, patients can develop more complex disorders. The consequences of improper treatment of cervical disorders can be high, including the inability to drive and impairment to the senses. To guard against the development of more serious, complex cervical spine disorders and the lack of functionality, it is important that the patient be assessed fully and treated appropriately.
Physicians at the USC Spine Center specialize in treating disorders of the cervical spine and understand the subtle differences that are involved in treating patients with these conditions. Our goal is to deliver appropriate spine care for all patients, including those with cervical disorders. We apply unique diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for conditions in the cervical spine. Each year, we treat more than 500 patients who have complex disorders of the cervical spine.
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When to consider surgery
Sometimes, the most conservative treatment for a cervical spine disorder is surgery because it is associated with the best patient outcomes; delaying surgery can be associated with the patient developing serious complications. Surgeons at the USC Spine Center have the expertise and technology to tailor surgeries to maximize the patient’s outcome while minimizing the impact of the procedure.
Image-guided navigation allows surgeons to perform procedures on the upper cervical spine and the back of the head or skull and place hardware in these delicate areas. When possible, our surgeons will perform a laminoplasty instead of a spinal fusion to attempt to preserve spinal mobility for the patient.