Hello I am new to the forum. In May of 2015 I woke up with pain in my left shoulder and upper arm. I have been gradually getting better, but now have tingling and numbness in my left hand. Very little actual pain. I had a MRI in August which confirmed a bulging disc at c5-c6 and a bone spur causing a narrowing and a pinched nerve.
Orthopedic who ordered the MRI initially said that an ACDF was probably in my future. He said I could manage the pain if I chose to.
He also assured me that I am in absolutely no danger of permanently damaging my nerves by opting out of the surgery. HMMM.
What I am hoping to find out is if anyone has has any luck with water therapy and trying to decompress the cervical spine in this manner?
I have found some information regarding some techniques for the lumbar spine but pretty much nothing for the cervical spine.
Both my Orthopedic doctor and my Chiropractor said that getting in the water would be helpful for decompression.
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I have been using Aqua therapy for almost 10 years now. It has been the one form of exercise that has not had any negative impacts on my spine. After I graduated from Aqua therapy, I continued with the program as an Independent. That meant, I still had the use of the pool (95 degrees, no swimming 4foot max depth) but did not have a therapist, instead I had a technician monitoring me.
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 10/27/15 14:41est