Hi there - I am a healthy 51 women and very active - for the last six months my neck range of motion from side to side has become quite limited and painful and my left hand thumb and forefinger go numb frequently and a good nights sleep without neck pain and numbness seem very elusive!
Over the last 6 mths. I have had massages, acupuncture, physio, TENS machine etc. - no significant improvement
Doctor ordered xrays and found the following:
*Severe degenerative disc disease with endplate spurring and loss of disc space at C5-6 and C6-7.
*Advanced degenerative facet arthrosis at C-4 and C4-5 with 3mm of anterolishesis of c4 on c5 secondary to degenerative facet arthrosis.
*Uncovertebral spurring and facet arthrosis contributes to moderate neuroforaminal stenosis at C3-4, C5-6 and C6-7 worse on left than right.
Doctor has now ordered MRI (will happen in November) and a referral to a neurosurgeon.
What stands out to you as the area of most concern from these xray results and any thoughts as to what NS may suggest for next steps?