If pain stemming from the C6-C7 spinal segment doesn’t go away on its own within a few days a physician should be consulted in order to diagnose the underlying cause of the symptoms.

Neck pain can often be addressed with nonsurgical treatment; however, there are also several surgical options available to patients. See Cervical Spine Surgery

If there is progressively worsening numbness, weakness, tingling, loss of balance, or alterations in bowel or bladder habits, or other concerning symptoms, a physician should be consulted immediately as the symptoms may represent a medical emergency.

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Nonsurgical Treatment for C6-C7 Problems

As a general rule, in the majority of cases nonsurgical care for most neck problems should be tried first.

Common treatment options include, but are not limited to:

Patients may also be advised to make activity modifications to improve posture, ergonomics and other sources of strain on the neck.

See Identifying Incorrect Posture

Surgery for C6-C7 Pain and/or Neurological Symptoms

If the pain or associated symptoms aren’t adequately controlled with nonsurgical methods, surgery could become the best approach to treating symptoms. Commonly performed surgeries to treat certain neck conditions at the C6-C7 segment include:

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion—or ACDF—which may treat a disc problem at the C6-C7 level

    See ACDF: Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

  • Cervical decompression—such as a cervical laminectomy, laminotomy or foraminotomy—which may be an option for treating cervical spinal stenosis symptoms
  • Cervical artificial disc replacement—which may treat pain and other symptoms from a cervical herniated disc
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Surgery for cervical spine problems is almost always the patient's decision. While most patients will be able to resolve and/or successfully manage their symptoms with nonsurgical treatments, for some surgery may be the best course of treatment.

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