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Suggest treatment for vertical fracture of the right lateral mass of C6

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Posted on Thu, 21 May 2015
Question: Hi i have a vertical fracture of the right lateral mass of C6 and which is associated with slight forward subluxation C6 on C7.. I am unable to see a specialist doctor for at least three months due to waiting lists..Am i in any danger of causing more damage to it or can i carry on as per usual within my restrictions of pain
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Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (39 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
you may need to consult with specialist as early as possible.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
I have read your query.
subluxation of cervical vertebrae may lead to cord compression.
I will advise you MRI spine and CT scan for detail diagnosis.
I will advise you to consult in private if you are not getting early appointment.
Till time support you neck with brace and avoid jerky neck movement.
Neurotropic medication like methylcobalamine will help you.
Take calcium supplements and vitamin D supplements.
I hope I have answered your questions. If you have further questions please feel free to contact us. I will be happy to answer. Take care.
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Follow up: Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (28 minutes later)
Thankyou Doctor.. The CT report says in conclusion ..Subacute fracture of the right C6 lateral mass involving the right C6 superior and inferior facet joint articular surfaces..The fracture fragment is only minimally displaced..No other fracture is noted.. Slight C6/C7 subluxation ventrally with no other significant findings..As i havent had an accident since 2006 im gathering the mri i had done back then did not pick this up...I will go for another Mri tommorrow however and
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Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (34 hours later)
Brief Answer:
If injury is of year 2006 then subluxation is stable now, no need to worry.

Detailed Answer:
Hello again,

If injury is of year 2006 then subluxation is stable now, no need to worry.

Continue neck strengthening exercises.

MRI report will help to look for cord or nerve compression.

Local steroid injection may help in severe case.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Take care.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest treatment for vertical fracture of the right lateral mass of C6

Brief Answer: you may need to consult with specialist as early as possible. Detailed Answer: Hello I have read your query. subluxation of cervical vertebrae may lead to cord compression. I will advise you MRI spine and CT scan for detail diagnosis. I will advise you to consult in private if you are not getting early appointment. Till time support you neck with brace and avoid jerky neck movement. Neurotropic medication like methylcobalamine will help you. Take calcium supplements and vitamin D supplements. I hope I have answered your questions. If you have further questions please feel free to contact us. I will be happy to answer. Take care.