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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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C5 (Overview)

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.


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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is c5/c6 prolapse with canal stenosis and bilateral radiculopathy?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is c5/c6 prolapse with canal stenosis and bilateral radiculopathy?

C5-C6 disk prolapse: Prolapse at c5-c6 describes a protuberant or herniated nucleus pulposis of a disk. If it causes significant narrowing of the spinal canal it can cause spinal cord symptoms of weakness of the legs, spasticity, and bowel and bladder loss of control. The C6 nerve roots exit at this level through windows or neuroforamina. There may be weakness of the biceps and supinator. There can be pain or numbness. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
360 Doctors shared insights

C5 (Overview)

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.


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I have lost of normal t2 disc signal intensity is especially at c4-5, c5-6 and c6-7, what exactly does that mean?

Probably Degen Disc: Loss of disc t2w signal indicates drying out, loss of some water content, commonly seen with intervertebral disc degenerative changes. ...Read more

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What's can this cause? A small broad-based bulging annulus at c5-c6 which causes mild-to-moderate impression on the anterior thecal sac describe above

Depends: You might have neck pain or maybe not. Might be a normal finding of a disk bulge that comes and goes. Do you have radiation of pain to either arm or shoulder? Does your shoulder or neck have pain elicited by movement of your neck? If I had this I would want to have "kinetic mri", which is an MRI taken while sitting up. The usual MRI takes image in an unnatural supine position on a hard slab. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about bilateral pars defect C5 (back problem)?

Can you tell me about bilateral pars defect C5 (back problem)?

Called spondylolysis: Spondylo means spine and lysis means crack. These can be congenital variety which is genetic in origin occuring in 6%-8% of us population or after trauma which can be repetitve particularly in certain high level athletes like swimmers, gymnasts, pitchers, football linemen to name a few. Most treated non operatively. Many cause no symptoms but can cause back ;/or leg pain or neurologic symptoms. ...Read more

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I like to work out 5 to 6 days a week. I was just diagnosed with a bulging disc at c5. Is there any type of work out I can be doing.

I like to work out 5 to 6 days a week. I was just diagnosed with a bulging disc at c5. Is there any type of work out I can be doing.

No restrictions: Unless your doctor feels you need to have a lifting restriction. C5 bulging can mean a lot of different things. If you have weakness of your biceps, deltoid or supraspinatus muscles from C5 or C6 nerve root impingement I'd place restrictions and plan a rehab program if surgery is not indicated. If you have had neurological symptoms for more than 2 weeks I'd get an EMG to check for denervation. ...Read more

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I just had a C5/C6 and C6/C7 fusion 5 days ago. Will it be safe for me to lay in sun beds 2 weeks after this surgery?

I just had a C5/C6 and C6/C7 fusion 5 days ago. Will it be safe for me to lay in sun beds 2 weeks after this surgery?

Worsened Scar: Ultraviolet light can cause your scar to appear more red than it would have, then if you had protected it. You should protect it from the sun and UV exposure for at least a year. If the appearance doesn't bother you. The sun beds will not effect the fusion itself. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in my neck with osteophytes on C5 C6 C7 will these grow and are they dangerous? Thank you

I have arthritis in my neck with osteophytes on C5 C6 C7 will these grow and are they dangerous? Thank you

See details: Osteophytes are bony growths at joint margins probably secondary to exaggerated repairative mechanisms. They are not dangerous by themselves and they can progress with time. Nerve compression is the most significant risk. ...Read more

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I hurt my back in 2010. Can this be the cause of my restrolisthesis of C5 on c6?

Probably not: The retrolisthesis at c5/6 is a common finding in degenerative disc disease and probably wasn't caused by your injury. ...Read more

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My emg result as come back saying I have chronic denervation in my C5 and c6, what does this mean??

My emg result as come back saying I have chronic denervation in my C5 and c6, what does this mean??

Old nerve damage: The EMG, where a needle is inserted into muscle tells the doctor how healthy the muscles are and if they are getting enough nerve signal. If there is early nerve damage then the muscle at rest will make noises, while if the damage is chronic then the muscle will be quiet at rest. Chronic damage will also sound different when the muscle is contracted. This allows the doc to tell when damage was ...Read more

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I have bilateral pars defect in c5, what does this mean?

C5 pars defect: Are you sure it is c5? L5 (lower back) is much more common... Just checking.
If it is indeed c5, there is neck pain and possible instability that may need to be addressed surgically. Please check with a good local ortho spine surgeon to get a good understanding of what you have and make an eductated decision after that. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can multiple surgeries under general anesthesia for radiofrequency on c2, c3, c4, c5, c6, bilateral affect my kidneyfunction? Recent blood high bun/crtn.

Can multiple surgeries under general anesthesia for radiofrequency on c2, c3, c4, c5, c6, bilateral affect my kidneyfunction? Recent blood high bun/crtn.

No.: Bun/cr are affected by a variety of factors - volume status, medications, etc but effects are not generally long lasting or even cumulative. If surgery/ anesthesia affected your kidney, your numbers would generally bounce back right away. ...Read more

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Healthy 54 yo woman sched 4 ACDF C5-6. Blood  low 6.8 MPV & high 42 PTT. Prothromb w/INR: INR 1.0 Ratio; Prothromb 10.7 secs. Will this delay surgery?

Healthy 54 yo woman sched 4 ACDF C5-6. Blood  low 6.8 MPV & high 42 PTT. Prothromb w/INR: INR 1.0 Ratio; Prothromb 10.7 secs. Will this delay surgery?

Probably not: Such a surgery is associated with very minor blood loss in the hands of a well qualified surgeon. If your doctor performing the medical clearance is concerned, it could be delayed. From a surgical standpoint, it does not appear that it should delay such a surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: c5?

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. ...Read more

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What exercise can I do and what should I avoid for a herniated C5 disc?

What exercise can I do and what should I avoid for a herniated C5 disc?

Avoid heavy lifting: What exercises one performs with a disherniated disc depends on the current symptoms and signs caused by the disc problem. Generally speaking, I limit heavy lifting, especially overhead. The high-impact nature of running and jumping can also cause problems. Light weight training, especially focused on core & lower body, plus cardio such as elliptical & stationary biking are usually well tolerated. ...Read more

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What is a bilateral pars defect at c5?

What is a bilateral pars defect at c5?

A defect in vertebra: This refers to a defect in the bone that connects the upper and lower facet joint of a vertebra. It is thought that most these arise as stress fractures that do not heal. The vast majority cause no symptoms. ...Read more

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How long until heavy lifting after c5-c7 fusion?

Post-op instructions: When you were discharged, you should have gotten discharge instructions. Read them. I bet your answer is there. If not contact your surgeon for specific. ...Read more

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I have bilateral pars defect in c5, what does this mean?

C5 pars defect: Are you sure it is c5? L5 (lower back) is much more common... Just checking.
If it is indeed c5, there is neck pain and possible instability that may need to be addressed surgically. Please check with a good local ortho spine surgeon to get a good understanding of what you have and make an eductated decision after that. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What does ventrally displaced cord from the level at C5 to T8 mean?

Ventral displaced: Ventral - towards the front of your body. Dorsal means towards the back of your body. So the cord is displaced forward from a typical neutral location. ...Read more

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Can a disc bulges c-4 C5 and c-5 c-6 exciting nerve cause extreme consistent headaches?

Can a disc bulges c-4 C5 and c-5 c-6 exciting nerve cause extreme consistent headaches?

Unlikely: If your description is accurate, a disc bulge represents no significant issue, and is merely a coincidental finding. Even in cases of full-blown disc herniation, headaches would be fairly modest, in presence of far more neck symptoms. The etiology of your headaches lies elsewhere. See a neurologist and explore this further. Headaches can be controlled and even eliminated once cause uncovered. ...Read more

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Could my daily choking be related to c5-6 fusion I had 7 years ago. Titanium plate never removed?

Could my daily choking be related to c5-6 fusion I had 7 years ago. Titanium plate never removed?

Possibly: Anytime someone has had an anterior fusion they could have temporary or permanent injury to the esophagus and nerves. This can cause difficulties with swallowing. If symptoms persist then you should be evaluated by an ENT doctor to check for the cause. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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What is cord edema at c5-6 and c6-7?

What is cord edema at c5-6 and c6-7?

Exactly what it says: It is swelling of the spinal cord in the cervical areas mentioned. A better question is what is causing the edema. ...Read more

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What nerves run through C4 and C5 disc?

Nerves in upper: Brachial plexus which soon become the phrenic, supra scapular, long thoracic, axillary, musculocutaneous. ...Read more

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How bad is a disc bulging between C5 and c6?

How bad is a disc bulging between C5 and c6?

Cervicsl: Cervical disc bulging needs closer attention than lumbar disc bulginess. Make sure you see your doctor, and have neurosurgeon see you. ...Read more

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C5 C6 chronic degenerative changes, what to do?

And?: Sorry, but the equipment is 40 years old--some wear and tear is bound to happen. May be incidental, may stay same for next 60 years, or may progress to need for spine surgery in future. If not having pain in neck or upper extremities, remain active without overdoing it. Discuss with your Dr your concerns and eat healthy. Absent other symptoms, only time will tell. ...Read more

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What are my chances of recovering from C5 palsy?

What are my chances of recovering from C5 palsy?

That depends: It is really hard to say without more information. What and how severe was the initial cause, and how long it has been since the cause? That being said, many cases recover within weeks, but it can take months. After 6 months further recovery is unusual but not impossible. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about bilateral pars defect C5 (back problem)?

Called spondylolysis: Spondylo means spine and lysis means crack. These can be congenital variety which is genetic in origin occuring in 6%-8% of us population or after trauma which can be repetitve particularly in certain high level athletes like swimmers, gymnasts, pitchers, football linemen to name a few. Most treated non operatively. Many cause no symptoms but can cause back ;/or leg pain or neurologic symptoms. ...Read more

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C5/6 and 6/7 cervical anteriorfusion. Is this a major surgery?

Yes, with plate ; --: Screw fixation with bone grafting, mostly requiring at least one -2 nights in the hospital. ...Read more

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Can there be weak ness in body if C4 and C5 completely blocked?

Can there be weak ness in body if C4 and C5 completely blocked?

Let me explain: What you mean by blocked.
When I say that I mean there is pressure on the spinal cord from a disc or tumor.
When you have this you will have some degree of weakness or paralysis depend how sever the blockage. ...Read more

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Will having a fusion on C4 and C5 affect my ability to sing indefinantly?

Will having a fusion on C4 and C5 affect my ability to sing indefinantly?

Rarely: A rare, known complication of anterior cervical surgery is potentially permanent hoarseness and difficulty producing high pitches. The superior laryngeal nerve crosses the top part of the standard surgical dissection plane and can be stretched with soft tissue retraction. Because the nerve crosses the top of the surgical exposure, the risk is greater for the upper levels of the neck. ...Read more

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I hurt my back in 2010. Can this be the cause of my restrolisthesis of C5 on c6?

Probably not: The retrolisthesis at c5/6 is a common finding in degenerative disc disease and probably wasn't caused by your injury. ...Read more

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What is moderately large right paracentral C5-6 disc protrusion? Is it allarming?

DiscProtrusion, PAIN: Only if it is causing SIGNIFICANT PAIN...often therapy and other measures can help. How are you feeling??
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What this mean... The c5-6 disc demonstrates subligamentous central disc bulging?

Neck discs: It means that the disc between your neck (cervical) vertebral bodies 5 and 6 has s bulge in the center of it below the ligament. ...Read more

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What is axsnol damage of a pintced nerverve in neck on c5? And what is a needle nerve test?

Good question: 1. Nerve conduction study/emg is often used to assist make the diagnosis of cervical disc/brachial plexus/peripheral nrve compression.
2. Also helps time the injury: acute versus chronic/ reinervation can also be seen
3. Axons are the covering of the nerve fibers. ...Read more

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If someone has a c5-6 disc fusion with titanium plate, are they unable to get an MRI later due to metal?

If someone has a c5-6 disc fusion with titanium plate, are they unable to get an MRI later due to metal?

They could have MRI: But the beam bounce of the metal so the picture will fuzzy and better to have cat scan. ...Read more