Hi Dr.Corenman, Could you please explain How serious it is when you rupture and tear your Ligaments away from your Vertebraes at C4-5 level and a Compression Fracture at C5-6 level? Dr.Corenman any help would be greatly appreciated. Dr.Corenman could this kind of injury paralysis someone? Have a good day!
Your question is very non-specific. What ligaments are torn? You have a list of ligaments such as ALL, PLL, annulus, capsule, interspinous, supraspinous and ligamentum flavum. Compression fractures depend upon how compressed they are, malalignment (kyphosis), splits (sagittal and coronal) and lysthesis (slips). Is there any neurological injury or just local pain? Is there narrowing in the central canal or foramen or even vertebral artery foramen? What do the flexion/extension X-rays demonstrate?
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.