That neck pain you’ve experienced for far too long is no longer a mystery – the cervical spinal stenosis diagnosis you received from your primary care physician or spine specialist has finally given the condition a name. Yet, now that you know what is causing those excruciating symptoms, what can you do about it? Chances are, that is the very question you asked your doctor (or some variation) once you found out that the spinal cord or other neural openings in the cervical (neck) region of your spine were being restricted by some sort of anatomical abnormality. And while you might be well into a conservative treatment plan designed to manage your symptoms, some lingering questions might still remain. Chief among them: What happens if the conservative treatment doesn’t work?
If you suffer from neck pain and other symptoms related to a herniated disc, getting through daily life can be a huge challenge. Throw in the added demands of the holidays, and you almost begin to dread even waking up in the morning. And that’s too bad, because the holidays were made for memories, not for suffering. With a doctor’s help, you can push past the pain and other symptoms and be more than just a bystander as your family and friends celebrate.