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Can neck pain caused by trauma be treated without surgery?

Hi doctor. In the past, I have had an accident which caused a neck injury. Afterwards, I often have a stiff neck and consequently when I dropped my head down (especially in the morning), I have difficulties and pain in my neck. Also, I have weakness and tingling in both arms. I had a MRI scan which indicated damages at the spinal cord at C3-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6 and C6-C7. Doctors I consulted said it needs surgery, but I’m afraid. What is the risk of such a surgery? Besides surgery, are there other alternatives? I hope you can provide me with some advice. Sincerely, A neck sufferer
Mon, 1 Jun 2020
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Hello,

Although your details are incomplete but it looks that you may be suffering from disc prolapse with compression of multiple nerves at your neck.It also looks that you are feeling weakness at upper limb.

This is one of the red flag sign which indicates that you may need surgery.In present era surgical procedures are advanced there are chances ,and they are chances which can be there with every type of surgery.

Neck surgeries are associated with respiratory problems,food pipe injuries,diaphragm paralysis,etc.But there is little percentage where these complications can occur.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr. Mukesh Tiwari
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Can neck pain caused by trauma be treated without surgery?

Hello, Although your details are incomplete but it looks that you may be suffering from disc prolapse with compression of multiple nerves at your neck.It also looks that you are feeling weakness at upper limb. This is one of the red flag sign which indicates that you may need surgery.In present era surgical procedures are advanced there are chances ,and they are chances which can be there with every type of surgery. Neck surgeries are associated with respiratory problems,food pipe injuries,diaphragm paralysis,etc.But there is little percentage where these complications can occur. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr. Mukesh Tiwari