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Neck Pain Treatments including New Surgery Technique

January 11th 2006

Neck Pain Treatments including New Surgery Technique

Neck X-ray

Neck pain is very common and one out of two people will experience it at some point in their lives.  In severe cases surgery may be required to treat a pinched nerve.  The recovery from this procedure can be very difficult.

Dr. Frank Phillips of the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago has begun implanting an artificial disc made of the same metal and plastics used in hip and knee replacements.   Right now the procedure is in the clinical trial stages, but WABC in New York reported that Dennis Kistulinec had the procedure done and does not suffer any more pain.

According to the report Kistulinec is not only back to work, he's back lifting weights just two months after the surgery.  Before the surgery he had difficulty picking up his kids or loading groceries in the car. 


Kistulinec suffered from neck pain due to a herniated disc.  He has lived with the pain for almost a year before the surgery.  Kistulinec said "I feel five years younger. No pain. No stiffness. No soreness."

Yoga is another alternative treatment for neck and back pain.  There are a series of videos at the neck reference video website.  Other alternative treatments include neck pillows and chiropractic treatments. 


Maintaining good posture will help prevent neck pain.  Experts also recommend avoid sleeping on the couch with your head on the arm rest.  Also, donít fall asleep in the car without any support for your head.  If you work at a computer make sure your monitor is at eye level.  You want to avoid looking up or down for prolonged periods of time.

Call your doctor if the pain persists for 3 or 4 days after self-treatment, or if the pain is severe.  The doctor may want to prescribe physical therapy if the pain persists for longer than 1 or 2 weeks.  

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By Dan Wilson
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