Symptoms of Cervical Deformity
A cervical deformity may cause a curvature of the neck that causes the head to be held in an unusual posture when the neck is in a “relaxed” position. Muscle contraction is needed to hold the head in a normal position with chin neutral and eyes level. Chronic muscle contraction causes a dull crampy type of neck pain that is relieved with lying down.
Pain from neck deformities such as cervical kyphosis, as well as from degenerative conditions, can occur in each segment. That is-a bad disc or facet can cause nerve compression, disc pain, instability, degenerative spondylolysthesis as well as central stenosis and myelopathy (see each section for description of that disorder).
Treatment of a Cervical Deformity
Standard conservative treatment for a cervical deformity includes physical therapy, Chiropractic treatment, medications, home traction, massage and injections when necessary.
There are many spine surgeries available today; surgical treatment depends upon the size of the cervical deformity present and what the underlying cause of neck pain is. It may be that the deformity by itself is not causing pain and it is a simple matter to fix a herniated disc or bone spurs compressing a nerve root. If deformity surgery is necessary, the surgery may be performed strictly from the front (an ADCF), from the back (a posterior fusion) or from both sides (a 360).
For more information on curvature of the neck and cervical deformity, or for additional resources on orthopedic spine surgery, please contact Dr. Donald Corenman, neck doctor and spine specialist in the Vail, Aspen, Denver and Grand Junction, Colorado area.