Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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Pain at the base of the neck is the hallmark of degenerative disc disease of the neck itself. Thoracic disc issues can cause pain at the base of the neck too but I have found that 95% of this pain is generated by the cervical spine.

Everyone will develop “arthritis” although I do not like that word for the degenerative changes of the neck. Most individuals do not develop significant pain regardless of the degeneration and the degenerative changes make the neck vulnerable to injury.

You do need a spine specialist to help sort out this dilemma.

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.