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Recovery From Surgery Cervical Spondylosis
What Surgery will I need for all of this located C5-C6. Severe cervical spondylosis with several disc bulges with disc herni. 7mm C5-C6 and 2-3mm at ?
Varies: Traditionally either an anterior cervical discectomy or an artificial disc replacement are the surgical treatment options. If you have a lot of arthritis in your facet joints, this would contraindicate the disc replacement. There are also nonoperative options that some patients respond to as well. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more
Why do doctors not tell patients if they suspect a diagnosis? Had "cervical spondylosis" in my pituitary surgery records yrs before a doctor diagnosed
Not sure: Cervical spondylosis is something we see on films. It may or may not have any clinical symptoms associated with it. Most men and women will have some degree of spondylosis at age 60. If the spondylosis is very severe or causing symptoms it should be addressed, but if it is mild and without symtpoms it may just represent your age and not a "diagnosis" per se. ...Read more
Does cervical spine or lumbar spine surgery have the best prognosis and ease of surgery? Is artificial disc replacement or fusion surgery best for treating cervical spondylosis?
Many variations: Anterior or posterior, discectomy, decompression, or fusion. All affect recovery rates. For fusions, anterior cervical tends to be an easier recovery than lumbar. Cervical adr is quite comparable to fusion for short and mid-term outcomes. Longer term studies may show better long-term results than fusion, but we currently don't have enough data. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chronic r arm/shoulder pain x6yrs. 2 wrist surgeries & radial nerve release gave zero relief. Current CT angio neck report said modest cervical spondylosis. Could this be the cause of my arm pain?
Absolutely: Cervical spondylosis is a much more common cause of radiculopathy and nerve pain than thoracic outlet syndrome, a cervical rib, a brachial plexopathy or shoulder impingement syndrome, particularly with confirmed cervical spondylosis. Have a spine specialist consult. The history is extremely important and the patterns. Emg/ncv' s are sometimes helpful, but not always. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have cervical spondylosis c5-c6, c6-c7, in pain, wearing neck brace. Was told hanging my head upside down is good for recovery. Any truth in that?
Exercise: Cervical spondylosis is the fancy term for arthritis of the neck vertebrae. The best treatment for those arthritic changes is flexibility exercises and maintenance of range of motion. Use spineuniverse.Com for cervical spine exercises. As usual and with all condtions, no smoking, keep weight down to recommended level, and maintain good physical health. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can be: Cervical spondylosis- arthritis of the neck usually manifests itself in neck pain and sometimes arthritis spurs which narrow the nerve exit hole(foramen) and the central spinal canal which can cause weakness and pain of an extremity as well as weakness of the arms and legs. It can also be mild. This is a significantly variable disease. See the neurosurgeon or orthospine surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spondylosis: Spondylosis is simply arthritis of the disc and facets. This is not a common reason for spine surgery. It usually will cause neck pain that is aggravated by activity. Now, if pressure is present on the nerves from the arthritis (spinal stenosis) that is a different story. I would try nonsurgical treatment first: physical therapy, arthritis meds, nerve blocks, & reserve surgery for failures. ...Read more
Cannot avoid: Cervical spine spondylosis or arthritis is unavoidable. Traumatic incidents increase the severity of the arthritis. Genetics and strenuous activity contribute as well. Flexibility exercises, range of motion exercises, good health and exercise help all arthritic conditions. ...Read more
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