I am a 33 year old very active male. I play hockey during the winter (non-contact) and golf all summer. I dont have kids yet, but hopefully sooner than later. I played contact sports throughout high school, but not anymore. I am having a tough time making a decision about my neck and shoulder issues..
I was involved in a vehicle accident July 2012. I immediately complained of pain to my neck and upper back. It got worse and headaches began. I went to see my family doctor who referred me to a Neuro specialist in September 2012. Neuro doctor suggested chiropractic care and physical therapy. Chiropractic helps for temporary relief. I have continued going to chiro since Sept 2012 at least three days per week.PT offered no help.
Neuro Surgeon suggests injections to relieve the headaches. I opted against these.
I have trouble sleeping every single night and I constantly have to find new positions to sleep in. I am always "digging" at my neck and rubbing it and trying to "crack" it to get some relief from the nuisance symptoms.
My symptoms are burning and dull pain in my lower right neck and upper right trapezius, dull and burning pain in my right scapula, and headaches. I have no numbness or tingling. I have loss of range of motion turning my head right. I am right handed.
Two MRI's show a herniated disc at C5/6 with Retrolisthesis. A bony ridge is present at C5/6 as well. Rest of the MRI showed nothing major or even close to an issue.
The Neuro Surgeon beliefs that my best chance for relief is an Artificial Disc Replacement using a Secure-C device. He has done a number of these operations and he feels that I am a very good candidate due to my age (33), health (very active in numerous sports/fitness) and that my neck only has a single level issue (C5/6 herniation).
Just had a second opinion. The separate surgeon stated that he didnt not disagree with my current surgeon, he just asked if I wouldn't mind having one more MRI on a Tesla-3 machine for some better pictures as well as trying trigger point injections, which I scheduled for next week. This visit led me to believe that if I do not have the surgery next month and stall longer, my conditions could end up getting worse over time..
MRI Arthrogram last month with the following impressions:
1) Grade II-III SLAP tear at the bicipital anchor insertion as well as intrasubstance tear of the long head of the biceps within the intraarticular course without complete tear or retaction or dislocation. Labral tear extends along the upper margin of the posterior labrum
2) Subcortical cystic changes/impaction injury likely from internal derangement of the lateral articular surface of the humerus head.
3) Prominent contrast extension deep to the origin of the upper aspect of the subscapularius tendon.
4) Tendinitis of the supraspinatus tendon and small fine linear undersurface partial-thickness tear of the distal supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendon without evidence for full-thickness or communicating rotator cuff tear.
5) Minimal AC joint arthrosis.