For treatment of spinal accessory nerve dysfunction, a multi-pronged approach using conservative (non-surgical) methods and surgery will be advised, depending on the severity of your disorder.
Conservative treatment options are used in case of mild, tolerable pain and gradually improving symptoms. These include the use of pain-killer medications, hot and cold compress, and anti-inflammatory medicines to help you manage your pain better. Physical therapy is the main non-surgical treatment method employed for treating spinal accessory nerve injury, about which your neurologist will guide you further.
In case conservative treatment methods do not show much improvement and symptoms have been worsening over time, surgery will be recommended for treating this disorder, especially if the disorder has been preventing your from freely moving your shoulders or arms.
Surgery will aim to repair the nerve damage, such as by using a technique called nerve grafting to allow the nerve to regenerate. In some other cases, muscular repair may be needed through surgery as well.
With the expert attention of experienced neurologists and nerve specialists at the Mind and Brain Service Line of The Aga Khan University Hospital your treatment will be approached with sensitivity and support. It will be our constant goal to maximize your nerve function, helping improve your strength and quality of life.