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Cervical Bone Spurs - treatment options?

art4uaart4u Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi from Calgary, Canada...

After 1 year with cervical spine problems (mainly pain in neck, shoulder blades and arms, some numbness in arms/hands and very limited range of motion of neck) finally got in to see a specialist after one year (had been a good patient on my own leading up to this with acupuncture, massage, physio etc - and am usually a very active health 52 year old woman)...

Anyway, a year later - doc has seen me and now referred me to a Physiatrist - which has a waiting list for another 9-10 months!

So have asked to see that first doc again because he never addressed the spurs (he just said my cord was fine - which I knew)...

So am seeing him tomorrow - but I do like to be prepared with questions...

So any help for questions would be appreciated. I want to know what one can do to increase range of motion and decrease pain for these cervical spine spurs -

REally how severe does severe have to be with spurs in order for them to move things along?

injections? surgery? or??

Thanks in advance for any thoughts/experience you may have with this!

Here is what my xray/mri said...

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.
c5-6 - disk is largely degenerative. Broad based post. disc osteophyte present - no focal protusion/herniation. Effacement of csf anterior to the cord but no signal changes in cord.
Moderate bilateral uncovertebral degenerative changes.
c6-7 - disk is largely degenerative. Broad based post. disc osteophyte present - no focal protusion/herniation. Effacement of csf anterior to the cord but no signal changes in cord. Moderate bilateral uncovertebral degenerative changes.


  • HI there - an update to my posting...

    anyway, been a good patient, done all the therapies etc - no change...Been to spinal doc who referred me to a Physiatrist...he has done trigger point injections...no change....just had cervical medial nerve block - nerves still hurt - so that didn't work...not a candidate for RFA.

    So - any one else gone these routes...? what were your next steps? Living in Canada, healthcare is good, but all things move slowly.

    Like to be an informed patient before I go to follow up with Physiatrist, but can't find much on what might next steps going through postings and forums.

    Thanks in advance for anything you can share.
  • I have issues at C6-C7 with nerve impinging at C7 but only take a small dose of Lyrica and Cymbalta for the nerve pain and elbow pain. Do you have pain or numbness in your arm? If so have you had an EMG/nerve test? I had to have Physiotherapy and had gentle manual traction to ease the elbow pain and it did help.

    Taking muscle relaxants and a pain med also help. Make sure you see another opinion for an Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon to rule out surgery. Working with a Physiatrist is good and hope he helps you ease your pain more. But see a Neurologist if you have any arm numbness. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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