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  • tbaker
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    I have had low back and neck pain since 1993(mva).I have excruciating neck pain with numbness & weakness in my right arm/hand and burning.Somedays it feels like an effort to hold my head up or even turn it.
    I have an appointment with an neurosurgeon in Febuary had an mri last month these are the results i could use some help understanding them.

    Routine imagining without contrast was preformed.

    There is severy narrowing noted at the C5-6 and C6-7 disk spaces. Mild spurring is present. Overall alignment is within normal limits. There are no subluxations. Normal marrow signal is present.

    The C2-3 through C4-5 levels appear unremarkable.

    At C5-6, there is a very mild diffuse diSC bulge with some mild spondylitis spurring resulting in some mild to moderate bilateral narrowing. There is no central canal stenosis.

    At C6-7,there is mild spondylitic spurring with an annular fissure to the right of midline. However there does not appear to be any evidence of neural for Amina narrowing. There is no central canal stenosis.

    The visual upper thoracic spine is unremarkable.

    IMPRESSION:there is severe narrowing at C5-6 and C6-7.there are changes of cervical spondylitis at these levels. However there is only some bilateral foraminal narrowing present at C5-6.

    I have tried a chiropractor with no relief as well as Celebrex and home traction.
    Thank you in advance for help.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You probably have either isolate disc resorption (IDR) or degenerative kyphosis of C5-7 (or both). See these topics in the cervical spine section on the website. After reviewing these, you should have a much better understanding of your 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.
    tbaker
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    Thank so much for your help.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Please keep in touch on this forum to let us know how your care develops.

    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.
    tbaker
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    Absolutely.

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