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Cervical protrusion + vertebral artery loop

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone I'm in my mid 20's and have my c5 and c6 discs that are bulged , this was confirmed with an MRI. I also have a large vertebral artery loop formation near there that might be agrivating the problem. I have pains in my neck , trapezius and sometimes in my back. I've been doing physio for 3 months but really its not going nowhere. Anyone here have bulged discs plus a artery loop formation? I haven't seen a neuro yet just a family dr. I'm worried about that loop. thanks.


  • Hi nine,

    Welcome to spine-health. I'm don't know much about the verterbral artery loop as it is rare. From what I read looks like it rarely causes radicular pain. Where you involved in some type of trauma? Looks like most of those are congential issues. I think you really need to seek out the advice of a specialist though. I'm not sure as to the degree of the buldge you have so would hate to speculate on anything. Physical therapy is tricky, in that, it has to be the right therapy for your spine condition. Have they tried any other forms of treatment to alleviate the pain? In the search feature at the top of the page if you put in cervical radiculopathy you will come up with a few articles and should see a video as well. The video will better explain the level and what part of the arms each level serves. Keep us posted on what you do. Once again welcome to spine-health.
  • Hi, its described on the mri resluts as "a right paracentral almost intraforaminal disc protrusion, which could cause impringement on the exiting nerve root" it also says : "small right lateralized disc protrusion c5 and c6. I've only done physiotherapy i've been doing 2months every week tried everything and nothing seems to work. They told me that I am a rather complicated case, I don't respond to any exercises.
    I'm not really keen on taking medication I usually endure pain , whats the point if they give you side effects ,meds don't fix anything ...I was given a number for a chiropracter though so I might try that.
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