Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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You do have a disc herniation according to the report at T5-6 but this will not cause arm or neck symptoms.

You have a small central disc herniation at C6-7 but it is not compressing any neurological structure (“A small posterior central 6/7 disc protrusion is seen without associated neural compromise”).

Neck pain and shoulder pain can be generated by degenerative discs without nerve compression but numbness and paresthesias are generally nerve compression generated. You can have multiple areas where nerves can be compressed in the shoulder and arm. See “Nerve entrapment and compression” on the website.

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.