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Is there a cure for "narrowing of the C5 & c6"vertebrae? ...Or at least relief?

Is there a cure for "narrowing of the C5 & c6"vertebrae? 
...Or at least relief?

Yes: Two kinds of treatment, one conservative by medications and physical therapy. If it failed you could go to surgical treatment which usually they the vertebrae together so it will move. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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Can you explain the procedure C5 C6 vertebrae bone spur removal when you have already um fusion?

Can you explain the procedure C5 C6 vertebrae bone spur removal when you have already um fusion?

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

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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?

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?

No: No the bone spurs are in front of the vertebrae, away from the nerves. You could still have a pinched nerve in the neck, it is just that xrays would not typically show that and do an MRI is the test of choice to show nerve impingement in the spine. ...Read more

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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 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

Football: Your question is not one that can be answered on a health blog. Your son should be evaluated by a health team consisting of an orthopedist, neurologist , and possibly a neurosurgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is c5-c6 impingement a pinched nerve?

Is c5-c6 impingement a pinched nerve?

Yeah: Yeah at times you will note on a radiology report that a bone spur (osteophyte), or herniated disc is causing nerve impingement. That is the medical way of stating it is pinching the nerve in question. ...Read more

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Can C5 C6 cause lymph nodes to swell?

Can C5 C6 cause lymph nodes to swell?

Anatomy not a cause: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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What does CSF is completely effaced at C5-C6 mean?

Read on !: There are 7 cervical vertebrae It means that the disc between C5 and C6 has pressed on the space that has the CSF in it (SUBARACHNOID SPACE) By itself it does not mean much One has to take the symptoms and signs into consideration ...Read more

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Disc bulge at c5 c6 did every thing still in pain why?

Disc bulge at c5 c6 did every thing still in pain why?

See below: Bulging discs are seen in normal individuals. As we age we lose the fluid in our discs which makes them more susceptible wearing out. As pressure is applied to these discs they start to bulge a little. While you may have pain from the disc there are other potential causes including pain from the neck muscles, joints, or ligaments. ...Read more

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How can a surgeon identify a unsuccessful C5&c6 fusion?

Radiographically: If xrays or CT show good bone fomration and do not move on flexion and extension films, you are fused. If there is poor bone formation and/or movement on flexion and extension you are not fused. If you have no pain even without fusion which is possible then you do not need surgery for an unsuccessful fusion. You should consider revision sugary with unsuccessful fusion only if you have pain. ...Read more

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Husband wore kevlar helmet for 22 years being infantry could this cause issues with C4 C5 c6? Along with his many back issues?

Unlikely: Back and neck pain degenerative issues are quite common. Kevlar, body armor, and weight bearing loads do not help, but are unlikely the direct cause of these problems. ...Read more

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Where do symptoms occur when you have a c5-c6 pinched nerve?

Where do symptoms occur when you have a c5-c6 pinched nerve?

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 more

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What is myelomalacia in the cord at the level of c5-c6 disc? How is it treated?

See a neurosurgeon: Usually this is caused by an old or active injury to the spinal cord. Most common cause is from a disc herniation/bulge. Subtle signs of spinal cord compression are fine motor skill problems of the hands such as difficulty with buttoning buttons and also mild difficulty with walking. You should go see a neurosurgeon to help decide if there is active compression. ...Read more

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What do studies show in revelation to adjacent segment problems due to a C5 C6 C6 c7 fusion?

Please repost: You are asking about something that happened after a 2-level fusion but according to your history, you did not have a fusion. Please repost with a clarification. ...Read more

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What causes pain/spasms by the shoulder blades 1 week after a C5-C6 C6-C7 ACDF?

What causes pain/spasms by the shoulder blades 1 week after a C5-C6 C6-C7 ACDF?

The neck is angry @: -the insult both from before the surg from pain & now insulted again by the surg. Its response from these,more so the fusion is also pain & the neck tries 2 stabilize itself by muscle tightening or spasms. The trapezius is a large posterior stabilizer that has large attachments to the scapula & hence the pain. Also pain is referred from those levels 2 that area. Google trapezius & see. ...Read more

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Wear & tear on my c5&c6 was found. Would that cause pain or numbness in my shoulders or headache?

Can't answer for you: While cervical disc problems can cause headaches, especially in the back of your head and radiation o pain to shoulder can occur , the specific answer identifying the cause of your pain requires an evaluation by a specialist, a neurologist, neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon needs to examine you to determine what causes your problem. ...Read more

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How many months should I wait to go skiing? Post corpectomy w//peek fusion and titanium plate in c5\c6.

Ask your surgeon: Every surgeon has his/her own guidelines for this procedure. There are so many factors affecting this answer- why you had surgery, how many levels of corpectomy, solidity of your fusion, and many others. Only your surgeon can answer this question for you. ...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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How common is the "domino effect" after a c5-c6 c6-c7 fusion to address radiating pain/weakness due to disc/spur compression?

Disc loading: I do not use terms, "domino effect." The fact is having two levels fused in your neck definitely means adjacent levels are being overworked and have a significant chance of being injured resulting in bulges/herniations. If you gave récent l'y hard fusion as above, try to minimize neck flexion. If you have recurrent neck/arm pain since above fusion--problems. I might be able to help you. ...Read more