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C5 C6 Vertebrae
Dorsal foraminotomy: If c5/6 have been fused already, this was done from the front. If there is residual pressure on the c6 nerve root (the bone spur you refer to), this can be addressed from the back of the neck. Usually, using microscope or endoscope through a small access tube, the facet joint overlying the nerve root is identified. Then, a small opening is made to identify and decompress the nerve root. ...Read more
Xray shows small bony fragments on inferior of anterior C5 n C6 vertebrae. Could this cause pain in arm n hands.What does it mean?
Possible: Good person to talk to would be an ortho or neuro surgeon ...Read more
Can my son play football if he has congenital fusion of c5-c6 and partial fusion of c2-c3 vertebral bodies? He has been playing for 7 years w/no issue
Can degeneration of the C5-C6 vertebra cause episodic syncope due to vagus nerve damage or entrapment?
No but VBI might: VertebroBasilar Insufficiency (VBI) - The vertebral arteries run up the back of the neck thru tunnels (foramen) in the vertebrae (bones of spine). Some neck maneuvers can compress the artery where it passes thru the foramen. While not usually syncope, this can cause vertigo & drop attacks via buckling of the knees usually in older folks with degenerative spinal problems. aka beauty parlor syndrome. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
advice regarding my MRI result. "Smooth reversal of the cervical lordosis. Minor disc osteophyte bulge is effacing the CSF anterior to the cord C5-C6?
A chronic: disc bulge or protrusion can get buttressed by bone overgrowth called an osteophyte. This "disc osteophyte" complex can bulge into the spinal canal and press on the sac that surrounds the spinal fluid and cord(effacement). It can cause symptoms depending on the severity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
C6 Nerve: A c5/6 issue will usually involve the c6 nerve causing a radiculitis/radiculopathy ("pinched nerve"). This will normally give you tinging and numbness on your front of upper arm into forearm and to thumb and index finger. Weakness can be seen in the extensor of your wrist, muscle that rotate your hand down, your flexor of the arm. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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