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What is osteoarthritis of the c5 c6 and c7?
It may mean that the cartilage between those particular vertebrae is damaged or gone. causing pain and restriction to the nerves passing through the back bone and or between the vertebrae.
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In the lower part of the neck, just above that really bumpy spot.
Not if it can be treated with non-surgical means, which is always the first option you should take. In any situation involving herniated disks, the only reason you should even… consider a surgical option is if there's loss of mobility or permanent paralysis at stake. I've had 3 fusions - C5/6/7 was my first in 1996 (L4/5/S1 in '99, L3/4 in '06). In my case, I had no other option - both disks were completely and severely herniated, and I faced the loss of full use of my left arm (even today, I still have nerve damage issues as a result). The affected nerve path radiates down the neck, across the shoulder, down the left arm, and into the left fingers. At the time, all the fingers in my left hand were numb up to the first knuckle. For both of my other operations, I was looking at a wheelchair had I not opted for surgery. Since I have a progressively deteriorating problem, I'm sure I'll need another one in the future. It's important to understand that once a disk is weakened by herniation (at least to the point where it's not fully collapsed), it will eventually heal, but there will always be a weak spot in the disk membrane at the point of herniation. This means for the future you need to be aware of, and avoid, situations that could lead to another problem. Of course there are situations you can't always totally avoid, but the obvious ones you can. Any spinal operation isn't without risks - if you have a doctor tell you a disk operation is "minimally invasive", or "low risk", or they've got the "latest surgical treatment", head for the door. There's no such thing when it comes to spinal surgery. You would not believe the numbers of failed spinal operations and screwups (myself included) that have hurt patients more than helped them. For new treatments, unless you want to be a guinea pig and statistic, avoid it like the plague. We all look for a quick fix, but there is none when it comes to disk problems. Those that think there are either don't have a real problem, or are totally clueless. If you ever get to the point where you do need a surgical option, they'll likely give you a choice of bone harvest from your own body (pelvic area) or cadaver bone. I opted and have always recommended harvest from your own body for a couple of reasons: 1. The whole "dead guy body parts inside me" thing creeped me out 2. Possibility of disease transfer from cadaver bone At the time of my surgery in '96, they said there wasn't any risk of disease transfer from cadaver bone - they now know that's not the case. It takes longer to recover using your own bone (and it hurts a lot more than the the cervical operation itself) but long-term you're better off. You should also only deal with a Neurosurgeon, and not an Orthopedic Surgeon if it comes to surgery. You want a Nerve specialist working on your spine, not a Bone specialist. I started this category almost 5 years ago in order to help others just like you who are facing now what I've already been through, so that you can avoid the problems I've experienced. I'll reiterate my original statement - unless you're facing mobility loss or paralysis, don't even think about spinal surgery of any type as an option. It should only be considered when quality of life is at stake.
Any spinal surgery is dangerous, but how risky it is depends on the type of doctor performing the operation, the damage being repaired, the type of procedure being done, how g…ood the hospital is, etc. I've personally had fusions at C5/C6/C7, with the bone graft coming from my right hip. You shouldn't, however, even be considering a cervical spine operation unless it's absolutely necessary, i.e., you're experiencing extreme left arm pain, partial paralysis, etc. Any spinal op shouldn't be considered lightly. For me, my surgeon messed up one of the screws in the plate spanning the vertebrae, as the screw was actually screwed through a disk and then into the bone (just the last couple of threads). I'm stuck with it, as there's too much bone growth over the plate and screws to remove it at this point without high risk of damage. A single level fusion or diskectomy is much less complicated. Make sure they're talking about an anterior (frontal) entrance and not a posterior (rear) entrance. Posterior entrances to the cervical spine are extremely complicated, dangerous, and rarely performed unless it's the only option. If it's deemed absolutely necessary, they'll usually give you a choice between using cadaver bone or bone material harvested from the pelvic area. Though using your own bone material will extend your recovery another few months (they have to really stretch the muscles and tendons to get to the pelvic bone), cadaver bone has its own risks, even if the recovery is much faster. When I had my operation in '96, it was though that disease couldn't be transmitted from cadaver bone to the recipient; they've since found out that's not the case. The bottom line is that it should be the last resort, when all other treatments have failed or just aren't cutting it anymore. When done correctly, it'll fix the problem; if you've got any paralysis, it'll be gone when you wake up from surgery if it goes well. But nothing is guaranteed, so again, make sure it's absolutely necessary.
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If you think you may have a herniated disk, either a doctor of chiropractic (DC) or an osteopathic physician (DO) should be able to determine if this is true, or if your pain …is caused by another problem. If it is determined that you indeed have a disk problem, most times the associated pain will go away on its own with time. Sometimes very severe disk problems can require a trip to a surgeon to ensure that neurological damage is not a risk. Your DC or DO should be able to inform you of whether or not you need to see a surgeon. For less severe disk problems pain control is the primary goal. Your treatment options would include pain relieving exercises, spinal manipulation, spinal decompression, medication and if all else fails, surgery. Spinal manipulation has been shown to be effective for pain control, including for herniated disks (references 1-3 below), and there are almost no risks associated. Although neither manipulation, medication, or the increasingly popular decompression therapy can "fix" a disk problem, it is likely that all of these treatments can reduce the pain you are experiencing until the inflammation goes down. Thus, personal preference will play a large role in what type of doctor you decide to see. Current research has suggested that a bulging disk does not cause pain by compressing nerves, but more likely by sensitizing nerves through local inflammation factors released by damaged cells and cells of the immune system (cytokines). Thus, over time as the inflammation goes down the pain will also go away. Usually, even after the pain is gone the disk bulge or herniation will remain, sometimes contacting nerves or even the spinal cord. It has been suggested that as many as 30% of the population has one or more asymptomatic (non-painful) disk bulges. It is likely a normal part of aging, so unless you are in pain, don't panic :) Whatever you do, don't rush into surgery unless things are really bad! Current research is suggesting that unless there are severe neurological issues, surgery is not a good option unless everything else has been tried, and nothing else has worked. Similarly, research suggests that imaging such as MRI is not a great indicator of the need for surgery or severeness of a herniation, as as many as 30% of the general public with no back pain at all will have a "herniation" according to MRI (references 4-7 below). As such, it seems that sometimes what looks on MRI like a painful disk herniation may be a non-painful herniation and it is a different problem altogether that is actually causing the pain. 1) Oliphant D. Safety of spinal manipulation in the treatment of lumbar disk herniations: a systematic review and risk assessment. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2004;27(3):197-210. 2) Santilli V, Beghi E, Finucci S. Chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of acute back pain and sciatica with disc protrusion: a randomized double-blind clinical trial of active and simulated spinal manipulations. Spine J 2006;6:131-137. 3) Liu J, Zhang S. Treatment of protrusion of lumbar intervertebral disc by pulling and turning manipulations. J Tradit Chin Med 2000;20:195-197. 4) Jensen MC, Brant-Zawadzki MN, Obuchowski N, Modic MT, Malkasian D, Ross JS. Magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine in people without back pain. N Engl J Med 1994;331:69 --73. 5) Boden SD, Davis DO, Dina TS, Patronas NJ, Wiesel SW. Abnormal magnetic-resonance scans of the lumbar spine in asymptomatic subjects. A prospective investigation. J Bone Joint Surg 1990;72:403-- 8. 6) Jarvik JJ, Hollingworth W, Heagerty P, Haynor DR, Deyo RA. The longitudinal assessment of Imaging and disability of the back (LAIDBack) Study: baseline data. Spine 2001;26:1158--66. 7) Keller RB, Atlas SJ, Soule DN, Singer DE, Deyo RA. Relationship between rates and outcomes of operative treatment for lumbar disc herniation and spinal stenosis. J Bone Joint Surg 1999;81:752- 62.
nerves exit from your spinal cord to the rest of your body through spaces between the vertebrae. (vertebrae in the neck region are called cervical vertebrae, and are numbered …1 to 7 from top to bottom). The c5/c6 nerve roots are 2 nerves... One at the point where it passes between the 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae, and the other at the point where it passes between the 6th and 7th vertebrae that goes on to innervate your arm allowing you to feel sensation generally alon the outside of your upper arm and the thumb side of your forearm and hand) A cervical nerve root compression means that that particular nerve root has been compressed enough to impair it's function. You might feel sensory impairment (numbness tingling along the outside of your arm and the thumb side of your forearm and hand) or motor loss (weakness with raising your shoulders to your side and flexing your biceps) or both.
Answer . The C6 and C7 vertebrae are the lowest two vertebrae of the cervical (neck) portion of your spine. The C7 can typically be identified by feeling the spinous proce…ss (a bony protrudance) of C7 at the base of your neck where it intersects with your back and shoulders. The C6 vertebrae would be directly above it.
A herniated disc
C5 and C6 are cervical vertebrae found in the neck. Anterior osteophytes of C5 and C6 are bone spurs that have formed on the front portion of vertebrae 5 and 6 in your nec…k. This can be a very painful condition.
If the herniation is problematic, an ACDF is a surgical procedure performed to correct cervical disc herniation. ACDF stands for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Basic…ally, the doctor makes his or her approach through the front of the neck, dissects down to the spine, removes the disc and the herniated portions, which usually relieves the compressed spinal cord and nerve roots, and inserts either a synthetic cage (PEEK), titanium cage, or bone plug from either a bone bank, or harvested from the anterior portion of patients iliac crest, (this gives the patient's spine the proper height), and then places a plate of some sort along with screws to hold it all in place and stabilize the spine.
The C5 and C6 are numbers of vertebrae in the human spinal column. A uncinate hypertrophy is an arthritic growth of bone on the spinal column.
Cervical spine--5th vertabrae, 6th cervical vertibral body, just above the shoulders.
What is mild to moderate degenerative disease at C4-C5 C5-C6 and C6-C7 with disc space narrowing and loss of signal?
Your spinal cord that runs through the bone which holds all of your nerves that send messages to the rest of your body are being pinched by bulging discs. The discs serve to c…ushion between your spinal bones. As we age, the discs weaken. Swim, stop carrying heavy loads on your back, stretch, walk, eat less unhealthy foods since they cause inflammation of the body, and STAY HYDRATED! If you are dehydrated often, the discs lose their resilience over the years.
It means there is a bulging between the 6th and 7th vertebrae in the neck (cervical part of the spine).
'What does it mean when the MRI comes back with C5-C6 and C6-C7 disc osteophytic complex with some narrowing of the left lateral recesses at these two levels?
From what I see in your question, you're talking about the bones in your neck called cervical bones. For the #'s you gave, it would mean there's narrowing or lack of a gap bet…ween cervical #5 thru cervical #7. (5-6-7) That's most of the way up from the base of the neck on the backside. Narrowing of spaces where there's usually gaps is caused by wear & tear and aging usually and when the cushions between the bones are shrinking from wearing down or the aging process the consequence is narrowing. In this case on the left sides of C5 thru C7.
The C6 is definitely a better choice because it is a newer model and has newer technology.