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Can Cervical Disc Replacement Alleviate Migraine or Headache Symptoms?

Severe headaches and migraines are debilitating conditions that significantly affect an individual's quality of life, prompting many to seek medical intervention.

In certain cases, cervical disc replacement surgery offers a ray of hope for those suffering from headache symptoms related to musculoskeletal neck issues. While not a universal remedy for all headache types, addressing cervical spine problems through disc replacement or fusion may potentially alleviate associated headache, marking a significant step towards pain relief and improved daily functioning. Be sure to ask Dr. Johans if this is part of your suffering.

Dr. Johans is a Diplomat and Fellow of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, board certified in Pain Management and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. He began his neurosurgical career in 1988 and has been practicing in Boise since 1993. With these credentials, you can trust that Dr. Johans has the specialized knowledge and experience to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

He is a dedicated family man who is heavily involved in his community, is involved in several hospital boards and committees and takes pride in being a faith-driven person. Dr. Johans has had a 3 level neck fusion and can discuss options from his vast personal experience.

We also work closely with other non-surgeons if necessary so that our patients can access all available resources when making decisions regarding their treatment plans. Additionally, our team is always prompt in responding to inquiries and addressing patients' concerns throughout their recovery process. Reviews on Google and Healthgrades show that many individuals who have sought treatment from Dr. Johans have found success in his treatments while feeling comfortable and supported throughout their experiences at our office.

What Is the Purpose of Cervical Disc Replacement?

Cervical disc replacement is a surgical procedure designed to address the root cause of neck and arm pain and associated symptoms stemming from cervical disc disorders. The surgery involves removing a damaged or degenerated disc that is compressing a nerve root in the cervical spine and replacing it with an artificial disc. This not only aims to relieve the pressure causing pain, numbness, or weakness in the arms or shoulders but also to preserve the neck's natural range of motion.

Unlike fusion surgeries, which limit movement at the spinal segment, cervical disc replacement seeks to maintain spinal mobility. This approach can reduce the likelihood of stress on adjacent spinal segments and potentially decrease the need for future surgeries.

What Does Cervical Disc Replacement Help With?

Cervical disc replacement primarily targets symptoms caused by cervical disc herniation or degeneration, such as severe pain, stiffness, and nerve-related issues, including radiating numbness, or weakness in the arms. This surgery is known to significantly reduce discomfort and eliminate symptoms affecting the arms or shoulders.

Recommended for patients who have not found relief through conservative treatments, such as physical therapy or medication, cervical disc replacement can notably improve the quality of life by diminishing pain and enhancing neck mobility-benefits that are especially valuable for those engaged in physically demanding occupations.

Will Surgery Cure Your Neck & Arm Pain?

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Can Cervical Disc Replacement Alleviate Migraine or Headache Symptoms?

Although cervical disc replacement is not directly intended to treat migraines or general headaches, there is evidence suggesting that correcting certain cervical spine conditions may reduce headaches that originate from structural or nerve issues in the neck. Cervical spondylosis or disc degeneration can sometimes lead to cervicogenic headaches, characterized by pain triggered by neck movement. By improving the underlying neck condition through disc replacement surgery, patients might notice a reduction in the frequency and severity of cervicogenic headaches.

However, it's essential for individuals experiencing such symptoms to consult with Dr. Johans, who can offer expert advice on whether cervical disc replacement could be an effective treatment option for their specific headache symptoms.

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Contact Dr. Johans for Disc Replacement in Boise

If cervical disc replacement is a procedure you're considering, Dr. Johans is here to guide you every step of the way. His commitment is to provide personalized care that aligns with your lifestyle and health objectives.

Reach out directly at (208) 327-5621 or initiate your journey to recovery by completing our patient questionnaire. Together, we'll explore the best treatment options tailored just for you.

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