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Protrusion in c5-c6, pain in right arm, what treatment to use?

Protrusion in c5-c6, pain in right arm, what treatment to use?

Protrusion disk: C5 c6 disk protrusion can cause upper extremity pain and or numbness and tingling. A 6 week trial of rest , antiinflamatory medication, followed by physical therapy usually helps, and if not and the pain is not tolerable than depending on neurosurgical or orthopedic evaluation you may need surgical intervention. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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C5 (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Protrusion in c5-c6, pain in right arm: treatment advise, should I be concerned?

Protrusion in c5-c6, pain in right arm: treatment advise, should I be concerned?

Depends!: A herniated ("ruptured", "protruded") disk can respond nicely to physical therapy and the body's natural healing processes. In my experience it can take weeks to months. In perhaps 10-15 percent of patients, surgery can be needed. Indications for surgery include significant weakness, numbness, persistent pain, pressure on the spinal cord, trouble walking, or failure of conservative management. ...Read more

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MRI facet changes seen on C2-C7. MRI lft side form narrow on C3-4 and rt side form narrow on C5-C6. Pain, dizzy, tingling/vibration, head pressure. ??

Need more info: The MRI descriptions sounds like degenerative changes of cervical spine that are very common findings as we get older. It can cause pain but I need to know where that pain is. It can cause tingling as well but also need location of tingling. It can also cause dizziness and head pressure. These can all come from degenerated cervical spine. ...Read more

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Have herniated disc in C5 C6 in constant pain and numbness in right arm what should I do?

Have herniated disc in C5 C6 in constant pain and numbness in right arm what should I do?

Several things: First realize this is a common level for a disc to herniate & that most get better over time with treatment that can include: traction, activity modification, medication & sometimes epidural steroid injections. If symptoms persist after 12 weeks of treatment & are severe, surgery can be indicated with a 90% success rate done by a orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon if a nonsmoker. ...Read more

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Should I have a breast reduction due to c5/c6 bulging disc pain and back pain, even though my BMI is 35.5?

Depends on size: of your breasts, but breast reduction surgery will have little direct effect on your disc bulge at that level. It might help indirectly, in that your bra strap might be impinging on nerves that exit the spinal canal at that level. Ask a neurologist for a definitive opinion on the likelihood the operation would help your neck/back pain. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area?.

I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area?.

Dermatome: The c5, c6 and t1 share same motor and sensory dermatome that is responsible for upper extremities hence can have pain in upper extremities and uppermostchest and back. ...Read more

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