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  • AvatarQrkr0730
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    I want to know if this is serious and what I can do to perverse this. My chiropractor thinks it is but my vein doctor says not at all. I had a MRI or my neck and it said for both C4-C5 and C5-C6 No central canal stenosis. Mild bilateral uncovertebral hypertrophy. Mild bilateral foraminal stenosis. What does this mean?

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    It means you have some mild degenerative changes with mild narrowing of the nerve exit zones. Many individuals with these MRI findings have none to minimal symptoms so it does not mean much 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.
    AvatarSusanp
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    I might have already asked this question but it did not seem to go through. My son suffered head and neck injury (whiplash) while diving for his team 2 years ago. He was diagnosed with dysautonomia from cervical instability in C1. We found a upper cervical chiropractor and he has slowly gotten much better but his neck will never hold an adjustment. We had MRI’s and flexion/extension xrays and took him to one of the top Pediatric Neuoro-surgeons in Florida who looked at imaging and said whoever told you he has instability is wrong and left the office.WE stopped seeking upper cervical after 2 years. HIs condition has now gotten much worse. Broke down on Monday and got a Digital Motion Xray and they are saying C1 has 7mm laxity and C3-7 moderate to severe laxity. I have been up researching for days the next steps as he can’t stand for more than 15 minutes and sleeps all day now.

    I just read an article that says instability is due to ligament, muscles and nerves and all must be working. I know he had no sense of space after the injury and the functional neurologist we finally found said that muscles not firing correctly. I just spoke with another doctor who spoke about nerve innervation. Could these be the cause of laxity versus an overstretched alar ligament?

    His neck seems somewhat flacid.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    For forum readers, this is a post from a different individual. I will try to answer your question but next time, please develop your own thread so the thread does not become confusing.

    Digital motion X-rays are very controversial and the readings are many times totally inaccurate. Be very cautious believing these findings as I have reviewed many of these and found the readings to be incorrect.

    He might have had a head trauma with brain injury (concussion) and still has residual symptoms. Seek a concussion specialist to help with diagnosis.

    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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