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What does this MRI report for cervical neck pain indicate?

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Posted on Fri, 29 May 2015
Question: Below are the test results from an MRI I had done due to cervical neck pain, as well as arm pain and numbness. My orthopedic doctor showed me extreme spinal cord compression between C5 and C6 and said surgery right off the bat. My main question for you is does a situation like this just get worse without surgery? Could I do major damage waiting and trying physical therapy?

C5-C6: The disc space is severely narrowed, particularly anteriorly. There is a broad spur-disc complex. This abuts and impresses upon the cord. The canal is mildly stenotic at this, the apex of the aforementioned degenerative type kyphosis. There is moderate to advanced narrowing of the neural foramina due to uncovertebral joint hypertrophy.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Cervical traction can help.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
You have a compression of the spinal cord. This can cause problems in case it increases further. To decrease the compression either you need a surgery or you can try for cervical traction and see if it helps. Regular physiotherapy will help in preventing the further progression of the problem. It will not help the compression that is already there. You can try physical therapy and cervical traction and get a repeat MRI scan done after 6 weeks to see the effect.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal
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Brief Answer: Cervical traction can help. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. You have a compression of the spinal cord. This can cause problems in case it increases further. To decrease the compression either you need a surgery or you can try for cervical traction and see if it helps. Regular physiotherapy will help in preventing the further progression of the problem. It will not help the compression that is already there. You can try physical therapy and cervical traction and get a repeat MRI scan done after 6 weeks to see the effect. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal