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  • Patricia.Perez
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    My MRI conclusion is C5-6 circumferential 3-mm disk osteophyte complex contacts but does not deform the ventral surface of the spinal cord. There is borderline spinal stenosis (AP sac diameter 11 mm). No cord edema or myelomalacia. No foraminal compromise. This is of uncertain chronocity. C7-T1 The disk is mildly dessicated with preserved height and contour. There is preserved CSF surrounding the spinal cord. There is no spinal stenosis. Uncovertebral and apophyseal joints are unremarkable. The neural foramina are patent. Thank you,

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Thank you for sending your MRI reading for my perusal. MRIs are used as imaging to understand the physical changes in the neck but do not diagnose a disorder. Your symptoms need to be discussed, how the symptoms occurred and how they interfere with your life to help understand what your MRI notes about your neck.

    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.
    Patricia.Perez
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    Sometimes it’s hard to get up in the morning, interrups me at my workstation I do computer work 8 hrs. a day and I get shoulder pain sometimes very painful and at times I can bear it. It is getting worse as time passes. I have never gotten into an automobile accident, sports or any other sort of injury. My treating physician who is an orthopedic doctor blames the trapezius muscle as the culprit but would like a second opinion.
    Thank you,

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Please let me know where you primary pain is, your secondary pain and even the location of other associated pain. Do you have central neck pain that radiates into the shoulders or primary shoulder pain? Is your pain worse in the morning or at the end of a work day? What activities make your pain worse and better?

    The trapezius muscle is the most common place for referral pain originating from the neck. This muscle rarely causes pain by itself.

    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.
    Patricia.Perez
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    My primary pain is on my left shoulder (just below the back of the neck goes down to my shoulder cuff and arm. My neck does not hurt it only feels stiff. It is worst in the mornings and around 3pm I just cannot continue doing computer work, right now the doctor (not my treating physician) has me doing only 4 hours of computer work but I’m still stressed because they are still giving me same quantity of work to complete in 4 hours. It is the quantity of work they assign that is making me work harder and faster in the computer I don’t think the computer is the Culprit. Thank you for responding I feel much better knowing someone understands the pain I am in everyday.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Based upon your MRI noting no compression of the nerves or spinal cord and the fact you have no neck pain, this might be a rotator cuff problem.

    You have to have the physician differentiate between the source being the neck and possibly being the shoulder. Does your shoulder hurt when you move your neck or move your shoulder? If your neck does not hurt, does holding your shoulder up cause pain?

    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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