Lying in bed on your back without a pillow is one way to relieve the pressure on the nerve. While the relief isn’t always instant, the reduced pressure may help the swelling of the nerve go down and then slip back into proper placement.
Other treatments may involve physical or occupational therapy. Pain relief treatments can help you deal with that pain while waiting for the nerve to not longer be compressed through natural healing or by other treatments your doctor prescribes. One method that has had great results for patients seeking relief is the cervical transforminal epidural steroid injection.
The treatment of an infection of the cervical spine depends on the severity of a patient's symptoms and severity of neurologic compression and bony destruction. Patients are initially referred for a fine needle aspiration (FNA) or closed bone biopsy and culture to ascertain the specific type of bacteria that is causing the infection. Patients in whom the biopsy or aspiration fails and the results are indeterminate may be considered for open biopsy. Patients are generally treated with strong antibiotics for 4-8 weeks until the infection is eradicated. Patients are usually indicated for surgical debridement if there is spinal instability, significant deformity, and/or neurologic deficit. A paravertebral abscess causing sepsis, or any sized epidural abscess, is often an indication for emergent surgical intervention. An anterior or posterior decompression and fusion, or a combined anterior/posterior surgery, may be utilized depending on where the infection and neurologic compression is most prominent.
We understand how neck pain affects your daily life and hinders your home, social and work lives. We offer real treatment plans individualized for each patient. Our specialists have seen hundreds of neck pain patients and realize each patient has a different presentation. We respect those differences and carefully discuss treatment options that won’t interfere with other medication the patient may be on. We review and discuss each case to best treat each patient who may present with other medical problems in addition to their pain.