As you can tell by my signature, I had a 3-lvl ACDF in Oct.08 and am currently just over three months out from a 1-lvl TLIF. I'm in PT for my lumbar, but because I wasn't able to get PT after my ACDF (due to unforeseen circumstances), they decided to evaluate my cervical spine today.
I should say that the PT I'm going to is in my spine center, so the PT person can go look at my x-rays and doc notes any time before, during or after my appointment.
So today, before my PT began my cervical evaluation, I pointed out a lump that I have underneath my right ear that's been there a long time, but wanted to know if she could tell me anything about it. After feeling around a bit, she said she wanted to go look at my latest x-rays. She came back and felt around some more, then she told me that the C-1, C-2 and C-3 vertabra are all rotated to the right, each incrementally about 1-2 cm. So, the knot that's under my ear is actually the right side bone of my C-1 vertabra. Obviously, it shouldn't be there, it should be forward and I shouln't be able to feel it.
She also said that because of this, my head is too far forward and that's why I'm having so many problems with my muscles in the front and back of my neck and why my head feels so heavy much of the time. She had me stand up and look at her and she moved my head the way it should be positioned if my cervical spine was the way it was supposed to be, and it felt very, very awkward. Isn't that weird?
I've only heard once on these forums about rotated vertabra and now that's what I've got. It had to have happened as a result of the horrific car accident I had 30 years ago that began my spine problems that began in 2008 and thus, has been this way for many years. It doesn't hurt, however, and she says she can rotate these vertabra back into position with PT. Can that possibly be true?
I just wanted to share this because I was so shocked at how bad my cervical spine really is. Man, the spine is such a strange thing and so much can happen we don't realize that it just amazes me.
Anyway, thanks for listening.