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A 44-year-old female asked:

what does abnormal signal intensity posteriorly in the midline at c2-superior endplate c3. mild cord signal heterogeneity postiorly also at c5-6 in po?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
See below: There is a certain "signal" or color that structures have as seen on an MRI. When the color is different than expected, they are described as abnormal. Just one possible cause of abnormal signal at C3 would be if you had a small fracture there, for example. I would not hesitate to discuss directly with your doctor.

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I have a herniated c5-6 disc, how common is this, how can it be treated, and can it become fatal if not treated properly?

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Dr. Donald Mantz
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Common: Neck and low back disc problems are very common. See them almost daily. Very treatable with many options. Usually start with physical therapy. Epidural steroid injections in the neck are often used if surgery does not appear necessary, especially if pain or numbness go down an arm. Not fatal. Usually a broken neck is the only fatal injury to be concerned with, not a herniated disc.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What can a small c5-6 right disc protrusion mean?

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Dr. Mehul Desai
Pain Management 19 years experience
Depends: This may not mean anything. What's more important is are you having symptoms? If you are having neck or arm pain further treatment is likely warranted.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: c5?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
5th cervical vertebr: C5 refers to the fifth vertebra in the neck. The first vertebra is at the base of the skull, so the fifth is in the middle of the neck. Injuries to the spinal cord above this level impair the body's ability to breathe.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the treatment plans for a c5-6 herniation/protrusion?

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Dr. William Byars
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Physical therapy: For neck, shoulder, or arm pain related to the disc problem, physical therapy is the best initial choice. Most people with this problem do not end up requiring an epidural injection or surgery. An MRI scan is not usually needed unless physical therapy fails to provide good improvement. Ultimately your healthcare provider needs to decide the sequence of treatment depending on symptoms and signs.
Watertown, SD
A 37-year-old female asked:

I have c5-6 disc protrusion asymmetric to the right. I have recovered from left radiculapothy but now I have symptoms on right. Is it getting worse?

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Radiculopathy: Most disc protrusions and radiculopathies can be managed conservatively with meds, posture principles, therapy. Not reason to believe you can not recover from this as well.
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Only the patient can answer if the pain or symptoms are worse. Recurrences are not uncommon, but still manageable nonsurgically. Besides, a protrusion does not imply that there is any pressure on the nerves. Just like a door ding does not imply amount of damage to your car. These adjectives can lead a doctor that does not look at the films themselves to over or undertreatment. Find a good McKenzie certified PT, and follow up with your doctor to assess progress.
Mar 27, 2013

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