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Dr. Stan Lee
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Fusion Of Neck Vertebrae (Overview)

In an anterior fusion of the cervical spine, the disc is removed and replaced with a spacer of one type or another that does not allow motion to occur. A plate may be added to further strengthen the area. Over the course of a 6-12 weeks period, bone grows from one vertebrae, through the spacer, to the other vertebrae; permanently restricting motion at that level.


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Transverse cervical nerves, do they relate to a vertebrae, which one? Would irritation cause throat, neck, shoulder pain

Transverse cervical nerves, do they relate to a vertebrae, which one? Would irritation cause throat, neck, shoulder pain

Yes and yes: Transverse cervical nerve also called anterior cutaneous nerve of neck - innervates (sensory innervation) anterior region of neck (c2 and c3) up to the lower border of the lower jaw. ...Read more

Dr. Stan Lee
7 Doctors shared insights

Fusion Of Neck Vertebrae (Overview)

In an anterior fusion of the cervical spine, the disc is removed and replaced with a spacer of one type or another that does not allow motion to occur. A plate may be added to further strengthen the area. Over the course of a 6-12 weeks period, bone grows from one vertebrae, through the spacer, to the other vertebrae; permanently restricting motion at that level.


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Can you replace a dissing your back and replace a vertebrae in your neck if you have osteoporosis?

Can you replace a dissing your back and replace a vertebrae in your neck if you have osteoporosis?

Yes and no: Yes, you can replace a disc in your neck and a vertebrae in your back is the simple answer to your question. That being said, those are surgical procedures that are not traditionally done for osteoporosis. I would encourage you to be seen by a reputable spine surgeon who can discuss the operative and nonoperative options in your case. ...Read more

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I have postero-central & paracentral protrusion of c4-c6 vertebrae, causing pain in neck & shoulder. What is the line of treatment? I'm on pain meds.

I have postero-central & paracentral protrusion of c4-c6 vertebrae, causing pain in neck & shoulder. What is the line of treatment? I'm on pain meds.

Traction: I recommend over door traction device at your drug store. I'd also recommend you find a D.O.
A doctor of osteopathy who does manipulation. Not many of us left;but we can often be helpful for this problem. ...Read more

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I started using st ives products, and I was using them everyday, and now I have a dark ring around my neck. How do I get rid of it?

I started using st ives products, and I was using them everyday, and now I have a dark ring around my neck. How do I get rid of it?

Stop St Ives: Most probably you are having a reaction to
this skin product. This is very common and
not usually a severe one. Stop using this and
after a couple weeks or a month you might
try a different product for your skin.
If this does not clear or becomes worse you
may need to see a skin specialist. ...Read more

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I had two major surgeries, neck fusion/hip graft and back surgery. How can I prevent these severe pain every morning?

I had two major surgeries, neck fusion/hip graft and back surgery. How can I prevent these severe pain every morning?

Chronic pain: It sounds like you have chronic pain despite 2 prior spinal surgeries. Your best chance of improvement lies in aggressive conservative treatments - aggressive physical therapy, increased activity, regular exercise, smoking cessation, weight loss, improved diet. Beyond that you're facing potentially chronic treatments which, at your age, you'd like to avoid if possible, such as pain management. ...Read more

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Could you get vertebral artery dissection from neck cracking?

Neck cracking: The exact causes of dissection are poorly understood however traumatic events associated with sudden dramatic neck movement have at times been seen with dissection ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Fusion of neck vertebrae?

What is the definition or description of: Fusion of neck vertebrae?

See below.: In an anterior fusion of the cervical spine, the disc is removed and replaced with a spacer of one type or another that does not allow motion to occur. A plate may be added to further strengthen the area. Over the course of a 6-12 weeks period, bone grows from one vertebrae, through the spacer, to the other vertebrae; permanently restricting motion at that level. ...Read more

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Would there be symptoms if vertebrae in neck collapsed?

Not necessarily!: Minor compressions could be without any symptoms or only minor stiff neck symptoms. If there are any reasons to be concerned about your bone density such as strong family history, history of wrist hip or compression fractures, smoking history, or history of breast feeding then you could need a bone density test. ...Read more

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What happens if the cartilage is missing from the neck vertebrae?

What happens if the cartilage is missing from the neck vertebrae?

Depends: It depends in part in what you mean. Some people have a congenital fusion of two cervical vertebrae, which usually does not cause symptoms. Others may have a loss in cartilage secondary to degeneration and can have neck and arm pain and headaches. ...Read more

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Can you replace a dissing your back and replace a vertebrae in your neck if you have osteoporosis?

Yes and no: Yes, you can replace a disc in your neck and a vertebrae in your back is the simple answer to your question. That being said, those are surgical procedures that are not traditionally done for osteoporosis. I would encourage you to be seen by a reputable spine surgeon who can discuss the operative and nonoperative options in your case. ...Read more

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Stiff neck unable to turn head! Vertebrae problems?

Stiff neck unable to turn head! Vertebrae problems?

Head turning: It may be a vertebral problem but it may be a muscular problem. You may have torticollis or a wry neck. If you do it will respond to heat or ice treatment and analgesics or muscle relaxants. If no response see your doctor for further evaluation and xrays of your cervical vertebrae. ...Read more

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Can you please explain what is an abscess on your neck? By the cervical Vertebrae.?

Can you please explain what is an abscess on your neck? By the cervical Vertebrae.?

An abcess is: A collection of pus. It doesn't matter where it is. The location just may make it more difficult to treat as it may be harder to drain. .. ...Read more

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Please Help!!! My neck hurts on the back, kinda like where my cervical vertebrae is when I touch it it's uncomfortable, should I be concerned???

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Please Help!!! My neck hurts on the back, kinda like where my cervical vertebrae is when I touch it it's uncomfortable, should I be concerned???

Hurting neck: What did you do to get that hurt? Fracture? Abscess? Strain? Better see your primary care doctor about this soon. May need an x-ray or CT or MRI. ...Read more

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Lump on back of neck near spine vertebrae, what could this be?

Hard to say: There are many potential causes and usually a detailed exam can determine the cause. It is usually a superficial and benign condition such as, for example, a lipoma or an epidermoid cyst. Consider being checked. ...Read more

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Stiff neck & pain when I press on vertebrae. What could be wrong?

Stiff neck & pain when I press on vertebrae. What could be wrong?

Arthritis: Arthritis causes joint pain and stiffness. Pain, stiffness, and inflammation can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Follow directions on label. Gentle range of motion exercise should help too. ...Read more

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I had neck surgery a week ago. Removing artrosis from the vertebrae because the nerves and bonemarrow got stuck the past 5 months. Still lots of pain!

I had neck surgery a week ago. Removing artrosis from the vertebrae because the nerves and bonemarrow got stuck the past 5 months. Still lots of pain!

Hang in there!: In general, neck surgery is pretty successful for the condition you are describing, but it may take more than just one week until you feel the benefit. Hang in there! You probably will feel dramatically better over the next 2-4 weeks. If you pain is severe though, let your surgeon know just so he can do a postop checkup to rule out a complication. ...Read more

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Can I still ride on roller coasters after fracturing my 1st and 2nd vertebrae in my neck? It's been 4 years exactly since my car accident.

Can I still ride on roller coasters after fracturing my 1st and 2nd vertebrae in my neck? It's been 4 years exactly since my car accident.

Risky: Ask your neurosugeon for advice. It sounds like you had a bad injury and should avoid any high risk activities. All the best and be safe. ...Read more

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What should I do if misaligned C2 and C3 vertebrae causing severe neck pain?

What should I do if misaligned C2 and C3 vertebrae causing severe neck pain?

See neurosurgeon: See neurosurgeon for further workup and surgical stabilization if the malalignment is confirmed to be causing your neck pain. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could still play football with a vertebrae injury in my neck?

Can you tell me if I could still play football with a vertebrae injury in my neck?

No but...: Ur treating neurosurgeon or orthopedist who is familiar with Ur case can advise you. ...Read more

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Is it bad that I crack my neck easily by bringing one leg perpendicular to the other side while laying on my back. Lot of lower vertebrae crack?

Is it bad that I crack my neck easily by bringing one leg perpendicular to the other side while laying on my back. Lot of lower vertebrae crack?

I hope not: Because I do that all the time. I think it's a great stretch. Seriously, it's fine. It's just noise. From ligaments and cartilege and such. You will find the noise increases as you get older! ...Read more

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Bump on neck just below skull when neck bent forward, a few inches about c7. Could this be c2 or 3 vertebrae? Is it normal to be able to feel them?

Bump on neck just below skull when neck bent forward, a few inches about c7. Could this be c2 or 3 vertebrae? Is it normal to be able to feel them?

Yes: The spinous process@ C7 is commonly referred to as ' vertebrae prominens' as it easily palpable. Occasionally C6 or T1 is the 'prominent' spinous process. (less than 10-15% of population).However all spinous process (s) may be palpable in some people as well as the base of the occipiput (skull). Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Neck clearly looks uneven. Intense muscular pain. Misaligned hips. Dr. claims I have misaligned vertebrae. I need any solution PLEASE?

Neck clearly looks uneven. Intense muscular pain. Misaligned hips. Dr. claims I have misaligned vertebrae. I need any solution PLEASE?

Second opinion: What needs to be determined is whether the alignment causes pain and spasm or does spasm cause bad alignment? Get a second opinion before starting Physical Therapy or chiropractic. Always ask what exercises you can do yourself. ...Read more

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When neck bent forward, can feel bony, roundish lump on back of neck. Could this be C1, 2 or 3 vertebrae? Do any of them normally protrude more?

When neck bent forward, can feel bony, roundish lump on back of neck. Could this be C1, 2 or 3 vertebrae? Do any of them normally protrude more?

Maybe c7: You should. It feel upper cervical vertebrae easily. Nthe bump, should be at c7 because this does protrude a bit more than the others. See a chiropractor, or pmr doc to determine if your alignment is correct or abnormal. A treatment program will follow ...Read more

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One of my vertebrae in my neck is out of alignment, it's a few cm off to the right when I bow my head. Should I see a chiropractor or a doctor?

One of my vertebrae in my neck is out of alignment, it's a few cm off to the right when I bow my head. Should I see a chiropractor or a doctor?

Consider osteopath: Chiropractors specialize in aligning vertebrae and are thus more likely to help, but one should be careful in choosing which chiropractor to see (just as one should be careful in choosing a doctor). Some specialize in necks. Choose one who does relatively gentle adjustments. Even better might be to see an osteopath, who specializes in osteopathic manipulation, but don't know they are in Hong Kong! ...Read more

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Unknown cause of pain in back of neck had Xray years ago showed flattened vertebrae and possible bone spurs. Can I get more insight 2 this cause?

Unknown cause of pain in back of neck had Xray years ago showed flattened vertebrae and possible bone spurs. Can I get more insight 2 this cause?

Flattened vertebra: Are usually due to compression fractures. If there has been no trauma, other etiologies of low bone mineralization that could lead to weaker bones and thus spontaneous or insufficiency fractures should be explored. ...Read more

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5 neck surgeries on vertebrae 3-7. On narcotics for pain for 6 yrs. Recently having leg spasms and can't physically lift feet to walk. Must drag feet.

5 neck surgeries on vertebrae 3-7. On narcotics for pain for 6 yrs. Recently having leg spasms and can't physically lift feet to walk. Must drag feet.

Emergency symptoms: You are describing emergency symptoms, new weakness. You should go to the closest
er (ideally where your surgeon goes). It, possible that you have spinal cord impingement in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. You need an emergency up and need to see a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more