Straight Cervical Spine, C5 & C6 degeneration

///Straight Cervical Spine, C5 & C6 degeneration
Straight Cervical Spine, C5 & C6 degeneration
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  • VSPVERON
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    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.
    Thanks.
    VSP

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    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.

    I assume that because you are seeking treatment, you have symptoms. Please see the section regarding how to describe symptoms; https://neckandback.com/conditions/how-to-describe-your-history-and-symptoms-of-neck-shoulder-and-arm-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.
    If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!

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