Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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First, the diagnosis is not absolute with just a CT scan. In my opinion, you need an MRI or a CT myelogram to determine the source of your pain. I understand you are in Canada but there should be certain standards that are held for imaging in Cananda that would allow for an MRI.

If this is a disc herniation (a soft jelly mass compressing the nerve root), the treatment could be different. An ACDF, and artificial disc replacement (ADR) or a posterior foraminotomy could be considered. Each surgery had advantages and drawbacks.

If this is a bone spur compressing the root, the choices are ACDF or ADR. If there is also significant disc height loss or central canal narrowing (stenosis), the choice is only an ACDF.

A one level ACDF or ADR will not cramp your lifestyle (think Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos). You would have no restrictions in my practice.

Dr. Corenman

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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.