Neck Pain and Cervical Radiculopathy

Dr. Felix Roque, is a specialist in pain management, director of the department of pain management at Saint Mary’s hospital, scientific advisor for Vida Medical Center, lecturer and educator of other physicians nationally and internationally and companies about their innovative techniques; specializes in spinal surgical procedures and minimally invasive laser surgery for the treatment of diseases of the spine and their triggering pain.

This is a summary of a recent Dr. Roque’s conference in reference to the new techniques which have changed and revolutionized the treatment of neck pain and low back pain.
“Two-thirds of the population have neck pain at some point in their lives
and affects about 330 million people globally.”

neck painNeck pain (or cervicalgia) is one of the most common medical problems, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives. It has been estimated that neck pain affects about 330 million people globally as of 2010 (4.9% of the population). It is more common in women (5.7%) than men (3.9%).
Neck pain, although felt in the neck, can be caused by numerous other spinal problems. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back, or/and pinching of the nerves emanating from the cervical vertebrae. Joint disruption in the neck creates pain, as does joint disruption in the upper back. It is in the setting of the pinching of the nerves that the term Cervical radiculopathy is derived and in definition, it is a damage to nerve roots that is caused by inflammation and compression of cervical nerves located in the neck area. Patients suffering from this condition generally experience pain in the neck and upper extremities, along with motor problems, muscle weakness, a loss of sensation in different upper body regions, and numbness and tingling of the hands, fingers, or skin. Regions in which pain is typically felt in addition to the neck include the arms, chest, shoulders, and upper back.

Initial forms of treatment typically involve a combination of physical therapy and pain-relieving medication, such as anti-inflammatory medicine (e.g., oral or injected steroids) or non-steroidal pain medicine (NSAIDs). If chronic pain is present due to significant compression of the nerves, more intensive procedures such as steroid injectionsCervical facet medial nerve radiofrequency ablation, Laser Discetomies, and/or nerve blocks may be recommended.  

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Cirugia Discal de Columna


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La Herniación Espinal del Disco, comúnmente llamada una “hernia discal“, se refiere a un prolapso de material del disco interno a disco externo. Normalmente, esta condición se produce cuando un desgarro en la dura, capa más externa del disco (anillo fibroso) permite que el material suave y gelatinosa dentro del disco (núcleo pulposo) protruyan a través de la pared externa del disco.


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Cirugía Láser Endoscópica Mínimamente Invasiva de Columna Vertebral

“El termino mínimamente invasivo significa que a través de pequeñas incisiones en la columna y con instrumental de video y endoscopios se puedan realizar un sin número de cirugías con el mas mínimo cuidado y sin causar mayor trauma, como resección de hernias Discales y muchas otras enfermedades de la columna,” Dijo recientemente el Dr. Roque en una conferencia dirigida a numerosos médicos en New Jersey.

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La patología de columna representa un problema serio de salud pública que afecta 240 millones de persona al año y responsable de los 5.4 millones de discapacidades;  Adicionalmente, es responsable del 40 % de la ausencia laboral. Es la causa número uno de incapacidad a nivel mundial con un costo aproximado de 90 billones de dolares El dolor de espalda afecta a ocho de cada 10 personas en algún momento de sus vidas. Muchos de estos pacientes que terminan con problemas de patología y dolor crónico no se someten a un alivio quirúrgico por recelo o miedo a la cirugía tradicional. Es por esta razón que la Cirugía Láser Endoscópica Mínimamente Invasiva de Columna vertebral se ha convertido en el procedimiento de elección para las enfermedades de la columna tales como enfermedades degenerativas de la columna, los problemas de discos incluyendo las hernias y rupturas de los discos, problemas de dolores o artritis secundaria al síndrome facetario.

LA CIRUGÍA ENDOSCÓPICA AMBULATORIA DE COLUMNA, Como también es conocida, es uno de los grandes adelantos tecnológicos de la medicina actual que ha contribuido a que la cirugía de la columna ya no sea vista con tanto recelo, riesgos y asociada a una multitud de complicaciones. Muchos pacientes anteriormente tenían miedo de someterse a la cirugía convencional de espalda, pero ahora con esta nueva tecnología encuentran una luz de esperanza para aliviar su dolor 

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