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  • AvatarDearpain
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    I had met with an accident a few years ago, which affected my walking ability. I am undergoing physiotherapy treatment for that now. Along with me, my cousin was also in the car. He too was crushed, under the car and had suffered an immense jolt to his head. Recently he was diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy. The symptoms have been going on for almost 7-8 weeks for now. His right arm is getting weaker, and now he is complaining of numbness in his lower left back, buttock, and left upper leg. He is undergoing radiculopathy treatment for this, also is going for a physiotherapy session twice a week. His doctors are saying that he is also a potential candidate for CTS. What course of treatment would you recommend for these symptoms? How long should we seek non-surgical measures?
    Thanks very much for any input.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    The need for surgery to decompress the cervical nerves depends upon the amount of weakness (muscle strength), the intensity of pain and the loss of daily function. Your cousin seems to have multiple areas of problems including cervical radiculopathy, carpel tunnel syndrome and lower back nerve disorders (“numbness in his lower left back, buttock, and left upper leg”). Some individuals need immediate surgery and some can live for years with their disorder.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE 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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