Indications for Spinal Neck Surgery

Neck ache, pain and stiffness is a very common medical problem. While most causes are not severe and can be successfully treated with many different methods, surgery is sometimes suggested as a last resort.

Surgery is likely indicated in any condition that results in compression or jeopardy to the spinal cord. This may be caused by trauma, which has fractured the vertebrae, or dislocated them. It may result from diseases such as tuberculosis with an abscess, or rheumatoid arthritis which can weaken the neck joints, causing compression of the spinal cord, paralysis or even death.

Surgery is sometimes indicated but often not essential for nerve root compression. If your neck has been a bit stiff for a few days and you wake in the morning to find that your arm, hand or fingers are numb, nerve root irritation should be considered.

Surgery for chronic pain is difficult decision. There is usually time to try alternative measures such as rest, medication, and physiotherapy. Many patients try surgery out of desperation or after disappointments with many alternative non medical treatments. Thankfully medical technology has made very good progress in recent years and many safe new treatment options are now available.

If you are suffering from neck pain, or if your condition has not improved despite standard treatments and have been told to consider surgery,
simply call us at +65 6732 2397 or leave a message below for Dr Tan to discuss a customized non-invasive solution for you.