I had cervical pain years ago but most has leveled off for the past 8 years or so with only rare spine spasms.
I had a bad fall several months ago where I hit the concrete flat on my kneecap resulting in huge hematomas and a tear of meniscus and repair. During surgery (which was almost a month after the fall becuase it was thought to be severe brusing and sprains) the surgeon found my ACL torn behind the kneecap and he could not reach it with the scope. It was left and it was determined that I would be able to strengthn knee with therapy and avoid total knee replacement for hopefully a couple of years.
During time of all this I kept having neck spasms and told the doc. Since I was taking a lot of pain meds, I sort of let this on the burner since the knees was very painful and causing problems. After surgery, the spasms got worse and more frequent. Finally sent to neck specialist who put me in PT for cervical area.
They have been doing all kinds of physical hands on things and massage and using the combo unit on muscles. Cervical area has been very very tight in their words. Some days it was as if the therapist crawled on my back and actually used their elbow to massage the upper back area. Lots of pressure point pressing trying to get it to loosen. Even used some machine that was a massage machine that does vertical and horizontal at same time. This stuff has been intense. Still have a lot of tightness and pain, but they get more relaxing and relief now than start.
Much pain and feeling/hearing crunching sounds and neck feels very unstable. Catches when turning it. Scared of driving.
Finally MRI done on cervical last week. Cant see doctor for two more weeks.I know you are not able to diagnose, but can someone tell me what some of this means or might mean?
I picked up the report from the MRI image center.
What does straightning of the cervical spine with slight reversal in the normal lordosis but no focal malalignment mean? It also says:
c2/3 has no focal disc protrusion, herniation, spinal stenosis or nerual foraminal narrowing.
At c3/4 there is a posterion disk ostephyte formation which results in mild central spinal canal stenosis and mild right neural foraminal encroachment.
At c 4/5 is a posterior disk osteophyte formation asymmetrically more pronounced to the right than the left which results in mild to moderate central spinal canal stenosis, mild to moderate right neural formanial encroachment and mild left neural foramina encroachment.
at c 5/6 is posterior disk osteophy formation resulting in mild central spinal canal stenosis and mild bilateral neural foramina encroachment.
at c 6/7 is posterior disk osteophyte formation resulting in mild central spinal canal stenosis and mild bilateral neural foramina encroachment.
at c7/Ti is no focal disk protrusion, herniation, spinal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing.
What does this mean. Do I have problem? It sounds like nothing is really wrong so why all the pain?
I am just sick of hurting and feeling like this.