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Treatment For Pinch Verve C6 C7
Can nucleoplasty be done for cervical discs? After conservative treatments fail, is this an option before total disc replacement for C5-C6, C6-C7?
Yes,for small bulges: Nucleoplasty is an effective minimally invasive procedure for treating pain caused by symptomatic disc herniation that doesn't improve w/conservative therapy.A catheter is inserted into the intervertebral disc under fluoroscopy.The catheter has low-temperature resister probe to disintegrate & evacuate disc material causing disc decompression.It helps most w/small disc bulges or contained ruptures. ...Read more
I had an MRI of my upper spine. Could anyone tell me what this means: c6-c7 minimal posterior disc bulge minimally indents the anterior therapy sac.
Disc pressing nerve: If a disc herniation is large enough, it may compress the thecal sac, which surrounds the spinal cord. ...Read more
No cure but : Cervical cord injury is very serious. Common causes are accidents from diving into a pool or whiplash from car accident or hyperextension injury during football. Often the spinal cord is crushed or the blood flow to the cord is stopped so that a region of the cord dies off due to injury and/or lack of blood supply. There is no repair for this. Good rehabilitation can recover what's possible. ...Read more
Does the following mean 2 pinch nerves?
1. degenerative disc disease at the C2-C3 level to result in mild to moderate spinal canal stenosis at this level.
2.. Degenerate changes at the C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels resulting in mild to moderate spinal cana
No but can't tell: Spinal canal stenosis can cause spinal cord compression. In order to know if a nerve is pinched in the cervical spine you want to know if there is lateral spinal canal stenosis ore more specifically foraminal stenosis. The foramen is where the nerve comes out of the spine and can be pinched. ...Read more
Pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI, shoulder pain. Related? 6 MM slip at L5-S1 with pars defect and leg pain. Related?
..Spine Specialist: 47 y/o Male w Pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI, shoulder pain. Related 6MM slipp at L5-S1 with pars defect and leg pain. Related? Thanks. Yes related called Degenerative Joint/ Disc disease. The Doctor who ordered the studies know what he/she is looking for Have him/her provide treatment guidance or see Spine Specialist. Thereafter mind Diet/ Exercise/ Lifestyle ...Read more
Neck cracks/pops, forehead/scalp tingling, is the result of pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI? Brain CTs/MRI's were all normal. Help!
Tingling: Neck cracking usually emanates from neck ligaments and vertebrae. Pinched nerves in the cervical spine generally cause Sharp,shooting pains in the back of the scalp. Tingling of forehead would be an unusual manifestation. I would be reassured about no significant neurological pathology in your case and would regard the tingling symptoms as more of a nuisance. A neurologist can advise you best. ...Read more
Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI?
MRI's and CT's of brain were normal. Thanks.
Does not correlate.: The disk bulges at C5-C7 should affect your arm & neck, not the forehead & scalp. Many people live their ENTIRE LIVES with bulging disks & don't complain of any pain, so MRI or CT scan to "diagnose" bulging disks is actually a gross misuse of imaging. Talk to your doctor or a neurologist about your symptoms to undergo accurate testing. Or use HealthTap Prime. Good luck to you; hope you find cause. ...Read more
Not clear: It is not possible to have both retrolisthesis and anterolisthesis at the same disc level. Typically, either of these problems can be caused by disc or facet degeneration or both. ...Read more
I got a cervical fusion of c6/c7 nearly three years ago. I am still in a lot of pain and I don't know if his is normal or if I need to be reevaluated ?
Many options: Don't be confused by the size of the herniation. What are your symptoms? We don't treat MRI findings we treat people and their symptoms. If you are having pain and neurological problems that are interfering with your life and work then there are many options to help you. If you are relatively well and pain free, then we can design a home exercise protocol, medication regimen and precautions. ...Read more
Will bulging disc in c6&c7 cause horrible headaches 24 7..I have mgraines but this 1000 times worse?
Possible: Neck issues can cause headaches of different severity however, if these headaches are worse then migraines, I would make sure your physician is aware of the pain. Other medical conditions need to be ruled out and you need to inquire about receiving a CT or/and MRI of the head. I would not blame these headaches on the neck disc unless you already have had an adequate headache work up. Good luck ...Read more
My wife is suffering from spondylosis with oesteophytic sprung in c6 , c7 vertebrae. Kindly suggest?
How long does it take for rods to fuse with your neck bone C6 an c7. I broke my neck a year ago. How long will it take for me to be out of pain fully?
Neck pain: Difficult to say. Make sure your surgeon knows about the pain you are having. Patients still on Percocet need to have a frank discussion about the results of the surgery, or the need for further procedures. One year out, the surgery should be healed and if pain persists, a reevaluation should be undertaken. ...Read more
Herniated neck disc c6-c7. Did physio for 8 weeks. Better, but condition unstable. Still daily pain. Easily restrain neck. What to do to recover fast?
Nothing: There is no fast recovery for spine injuries. The body heals at it's own pace. Even after the initial recovery, you will still need to continue a home program to maintain your improvement. Follow up with your doctor to see if additional therapy or other treatments are needed. ...Read more
Cant afford titanium diagnosed with disk sequestration c6-c7. Dr plan corpectomy C7 n fusion anterior c6-t1 with gretting. Are der any options? Usin
Options: Hard to answer without seeing films. However, alternative management with acupuncture has provided my patients with excellent relief even when surgeons want to cut. The most important aspect of choosing an acupuncturist for this is that he/she is knowledgeable of spine medicine: when it spine is stable and when surgical stabilization is essential If stabilization is not an issue, try acupuncture ...Read more
I had acdf in October on c6/c7 and c7/t1. I ve been really struggling to lift my head from looking down position it's quite scary What could it mean?
ACDF?: hello ~ I have no idea. What does acdf mean ? Abbreviations are meaningless and NEVER assume the person you are talking to knows what you are talking about ! Assume he does not and so abbreviations will not enlighten him! (You'll also be safer !) thanks ...Read more
Spinal cord injury: Generally the lower in the spinal cord the better the better C7 leaves you with wrist extension and the abilty to work a joy stick on a mototorized wheel chair C6 involvement implies loss of wrist extention control initial levels can change as swelling subsides. ...Read more
Acdf: Every surgeon has a different Postop protocol. I usually allow my patients to do all normal gentle activity immediately after surgery. I restrict any heavy bending lifting or twisting for six weeks though. Most patients are off of the narcotic pain medication by about two weeks after surgery. ...Read more
Lateral views limited do to overlap w/shoulders c6/7 & c7/t1 suboptimally visualized. Straigtenein of lordotic curv of cerv spine?
Spinal surgery might be of definitive assistance if you have symptoms or have failed conservative treatment. ...Read more
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
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?
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