cain2272ParticipantJune 7, 2019 at 2:02 pmPost count: 1
I am 40 year old female with 13 year old car wreck injury. Done pt, acupuncture, and chiropractic care 10 plus years ago. Started new job one year ago and really intense work. Pain slowly progressing and now neck pain, headaches, shoulder blade burning and pain, left forearm pain, left hand numbness and pain including ring finger and little finger. I have had neck pain constant since wreck. Mri shows 3.5 to 4 mm posterior disc protrusions at both c 5/6 and c6/7 each centered left of midline. Mild to moderate narrowing of the central canal and left foraminal narrowing. More modest posterior disc protrusions, 2 to 3 mm at both c3/4 and c4/5 with borderline central canal narrowing. Can a chiropractor help or should I stick with the doctors advise and see a surgeon?Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorJune 8, 2019 at 7:51 amPost count: 6707
Chiropractors increase range of motion and alleviate some facet disorders. They also have traction maneuvers which might help you. The problem is that your symptoms have progressed to the point that you might have nerve impingement. As long as you don’t have motor weakness and you have no spinal cord compression (its hard to know how significant “Mild to moderate narrowing of the central canal is”) you can try chiropractic treatment. You might find that pain management doctors that inject steroid around the nerve root might be helpful also.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
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.
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