A little bit of history in regards to my topic.
About 6 years ago I have been diagnosed with a herniated disc between C6-C7
Prior to that it was believed to be RSI related and I had physical therapy for my left shoulder for
about a year before consulting a Neuro Surgeon, had an MRI and decided no to operate
due to the related risks, this resulted in numbness in the index finger on the right hand.
About 2 and a half weeks ago I slipped and fell down about on meter from a horizontal
position onto a concrete floor, I couldn't move my body from the neck down for about
3 minutes before tingling in the hands and the fact that I could move my feet assured me
I wasn't paralyzed, Paramedics took me to the ER departement where my neck was stabilized
for about 3 hours and CT scans were taken, diagnosis no fractures, but a possible bruised
I was experiencing a lots of pins and needles during the first week although regular painkillers
such as Nurofen and Paracetamol eased the pain, I went to see an Ortho manual therapist
who was recommended by several coworkers with similar complaints, he adjusted the whole
spine and shoulder with sort of a hammer and drill device explaining this creates more space
between the Discs allowing for less pain and the road to recovery.
The numbness I was experiencing in my Right index finger has turned into pain and my left hand
ranges from tingling to feeling somewhat sore, I'm slowly trying neck stretches in the shower and
low impact punching exercises without resistance, whenever I'm throwing a kick with the right leg
(recently returned to Martial Arts training after a 7 year hiatus) however there is a tingling radiation
through the left arm which makes it feel numb and less powerless for let's say 20 seconds or so.
Anybody have a suggestion this would be the result of the bruised and already herniated C6-C7 or
there might be back problems and/or relations with the aforementioned shoulder and word of advice
how to proceed to full recovery?
Also my reflexes where less established on the right side when tested in the ER room and I had a
different experience walking with pain in the shin and couldn't flex the foot when doing a left kick.
I hope someone on this Forum can provide some guidance on the (nerve) rootcause , no pun intended, and
the path I need to follow to work up to being fully functional again, should I see the Ortho manual or a Physical
therapist, the first one is not a really accepted phenomenon in The Netherlands and the latter didn't 'really' solve
the problem 7 years ago, however this is a more severe case in terms of pain and other symptoms.
Thanks in advance,
A patient hailing from the Netherlands