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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Suggest treatment for C6 and C7 disc herniation

Dr. Mild pain started below neck on C6/C7 a week ago. While I applied some ointment or Motrin it is subsided, yet reappeared after a day or day. I feel pain when I touch on the upper exterior of C6/ C7. However, I have no shooting pains on my hands or elsewhere. My routine is not affected that includes my daily exercises and walking. I can turn my head/neck at all directions without any pain. Nevertheless, while I stretch my right hand in particular to pick things in front of me, I feel dull pain at the side of C6/C7area especially to its right . I am not diabetic, my BP is between 70/110 - 120/80 all through. My weight is 147 Pounds and height is 171 CMS. What is your advise doctor. Well, I may consult a orthopedic in this regard
Mon, 11 Jan 2016
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Thanks for your query.
The herniated discs compresses spinal nerves or spinal cord. Symptoms are experienced along the area of distribution/path of that particular nerve. This has happened at level of C6-C7 in your case.
Treatment includes
1. Use of cervical collar helps in immobilisation and brings relief.
2. Medical drugs like pain killers - acetaminophen/ibuprofen and muscle relaxants might be helpful.
3. Methylcobalamin supplements are also recommended for nerve compression symptoms.
4. Cervical isometric exercises are beneficial to maintain the strength of the neck muscles. Neck and upper back stretching exercises, as well as light aerobic activities, also are recommended under the guidance of a physical therapist.
5. Hot fomentation helps in relieving acute symptoms.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
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