Three years ago i had spinal fusion surgery on C 5 and 6. I healed nicely, quickly. About 6 months ago, i tripped and fell HARD. I had very bad pain in my neck. I’ve been back to my neurosurgeon and had all the tests and MRI’s, and nothing is showing up bad. I am still having pain. Is it possible that is why i am still in pain and nothing shows?.
Neck pain can develop from the disc or the facet. Annular tears (see anatomy of the cervical spine on the website) may be ignored by the reading radiologist and facet disorders may be present even with a normal MRI. Flexion/extension X-rays may reveal a subtle slip that will not be revealed on an MRI. A good physical examination with careful attention to palpation of the facets may also reveal the problem.