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A 55-year-old female asked:

Herniated cervical disc c5-c6 touch nerves. after 5 months physio, no more tingling sensation on arm. still neck pain often. what else can be done?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 34 years experience
Plenty: Hopefully you have tried anti-inflammatory medications, either over the counter, or by prescription. Make sure the doses were adequate. We sometimes use short courses of steroids by mouth. Alternately there are epidural steroid injections, aimed in the neck where it hurts. Don't forget a neck pillow at night.
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 16 years experience
Various Options: Surgery will be a very good option if your symptoms continue, especially if you have recurrent arm symptoms. That is if you have failed anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy including some cervical traction, and cervical epidural injections.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Meds,steroids: May use muscle relaxants, antiinflamatory pain meds, tens machine, steroids orally, epidural steroid injections and surgery . Results vary for each of this interventions. Discuss with your doctor.

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Last updated Apr 1, 2015

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