A 41-year-old member asked:
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can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause perment damage?

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Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Many times we do not know there is spinal cord compression until the patient presents with some complaint of pain or weakness. Mris can show us changes within the cord which can help to confirm the level of injury. If there is weakness and compression then surgical decompression is warranted. This may result in some improvement in pain and weakness, but there may not be full recovery.
Answered on Jun 12, 2018
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Dr. Kenneth Casey
43 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes,it might: While the spinal cord can be quite resilient to a slow compression, the degree of that compression can take its toll. This can result in some scarring in the cord substance, or on its surface, or by applying traction to the nerves as they leave the cord in the area. Fortunately, physical therapy after indicated correction, can be quite useful.
Answered on Jun 12, 2018

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