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Question (03/22 /2012):

Title: Multiple osteophytes at C4, C5, C6 AND C7 .

AS PER XRAY:

Multiple osteophytes at C4,C5, C6 AND C7.

Level decreased disc space between C5-C6 with end plate irregularity at upper border ofC4, C5, C6.

THE CERVICAL SPINE IS WELL ALIGNED WITH NO FRACTURE.

BONE DENSITY UNREMARKABLE.

PREVERTEBRAL WITH TISSUES ARE NORMAL.

I AM EXPERENCING SENSATION IN LEFT ARM UP TO FINGERS VERY FREQUENTLY.

IS THERE ANY REMEDY?

PLEASE

Diwan

Answer:

Dear Diwan,

Bone spurs (that is, extra bone), called osteophytes, may form as a reaction to the abnormal stresses placed on the joint.

These spurs may cause the joint to enlarge and press on other nearby structures such as nerves or tendons.

This can lead to significant pain, further limitations in joint motion, tendonitis and other problems.

Non-surgical treatment for bone spurs causing nerve impingement include: medications such as anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers and pain medications.

Cortisone injections can also provide temporary relief. Physical therapy and exercise can strengthen the muscle around the area but typically does not provide permanent relief from the pain.

Signs of cervical disc disease may include pain in your neck or shoulder, or tingling and numbness in your arms.

You may also have some weakness in your arms or hands.

You may be a candidate for surgery if:

- Conservative therapy is not helping
- You experience progressive neurological symptoms involving your arms and legs
- You experience difficulty with balance or walking
- You are in otherwise good health

There are several different surgical procedures which may be used. The choice of which depends on the severity of your case. In a small percentage of patients, spinal instability may require that spinal fusion be performed.

This is a decision that is generally determined prior to surgery. Spinal fusion is an operation that creates a solid union between two or more vertebrae.

Various devices (like screws or plates) may be used to enhance fusion and support unstable areas of the cervical spine.

This procedure may assist in strengthening and stabilizing the spine and may thereby help to alleviate severe and chronic neck pain.

There are no cures for bone spurs and their associated medical conditions, but chiropractic care can dramatically assist patients in pain relief while slowing, if not reversing, the degenerative process in the bones.

Many patients find that they can return to their former lifestyles with continuous chiropractic care and have little need for pain medications or surgery.



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