Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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If you have osteoarthritis of the C1-2 joint (not common), a C1-2 fusion can help relieve headaches but the price to be paid is 50% loss of head rotation. That is a high price to be paid if you are wrong. It is highly unlikely that you have ligament laxity without a disease process like Ehlers Danlos or Morquio’s syndrome or have Down’s syndrome.

Overhang of C1 on C2 is quite common with rotational views and does not indicate instability. See this article: https://neckandback.com/conditions/stabilizing-ligaments-upper-cervical-spine-occiput-c2/

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.