Cervical degenerative disorders refer to conditions, such as cervical degenerative disc disease, which can occur as bones in the neck age and form bone spurs that pinch the nerves and/or spinal cord in the neck. Bone spurs are growths that form on the bones in the spine. These conditions may limit a person’s ability to function in their daily life due to pain in the neck and/or arms. Weakness in the arms and legs can develop as well.
Norton Leatherman Spine has been a leading spine center for more than 20 years.
Our orthopedic spine surgeons have extensive experience treating complex and straightforward cases of cervical degenerative disorders.
Signs and symptoms of cervical degenerative disc disease and other cervical degenerative disorders include:
- Neck pain
- Pain that radiates to the upper back and shoulder blades
- Radiculopathy, or pain that radiates into one or both arms and is caused by compression and inflammation of a nerve
- Numbness and tingling that radiates into the arms and hands
Treating Cervical Degenerative Disorders with Internationally Recognized Expertise
The orthopedic spine surgeons at Norton Leatherman Spine have internationally recognized expertise in cervical degenerative disorders, including cervical degenerative disc disease.
With a combination of nonsurgical, surgical and innovative techniques, our surgeons can help relieve neck and arm pain and restore function. In cervical degenerative disorders where there is compression of the spinal cord, surgery can relieve the pressure and prevent symptoms from becoming worse.
Treatment options for cervical degenerative disc disease and other disorders include:
- Observation: Observation is recommended for minor cervical degenerative disorders that aren’t getting worse or causing significant difficulties. Observation includes visits at regular intervals to ensure the disorder is not progressing.
- Medications: Medications may be prescribed to help treat pain from cervical degenerative disorders and reduce inflammation.
- Injections: Injections may be used to treat pain and reduce swelling.
- Surgery: Surgery may be recommended for severe cervical degenerative disorders that cause pain or other difficulties, and conditions that are at risk for getting worse over time.
- Norton Leatherman Spine uses computer-assisted navigation and robotic-assisted surgery for complex cervical spine surgery.