A member asked:

Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause permanent damage?

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Vic Kalman answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Depends on Cause: Spinal cord compression occurs when something is pressing down on the nerves so that they do not function properly. Depending on the cause and location of the compression a person could experience, numbness, pain and loss of motor function if severe. A sudden loss of motor function is significant and should not be ignored. Constant compression can cause permanent damage.

Answered 3/30/2016


Dr. Mark Weston answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Yes: The spinal cord is delicate and recovers from injury poorly.Some condition that come on very slowly can take years to cause symptoms and respond well to correction cervical stenosis with mild meylopathy for example..

Answered 7/5/2012



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