Dear Dr Corenman,
I have been diagnosed with having a C5 & C6 degeneration and
Straight Cervical Spine ( Xray done). Please advise if
there are non-surgical ways to help with the problem or
is surgery required? If surgery is required – what will the
surgeon likely to recommend? My appt at a local hospital is
avail only at the end of this month.
Appreciate your feedback.
Disc degeneration by itself does not mean anything by itself. Many of my patients have degenerative changes without any symptoms at all. A straight cervical spine is associated with disc degeneration as the discs are the structures that “cause” the curve in the first place. You could imagine that if the discs degenerate, they would narrow and that would cause the curve to shift.
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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.