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Question?
Straight neck


My colleague is faced with severe back pain. he was advised an MRI. The results are:

- loss of cervical lordosis
- dessication of c3-4, c4-5 c5-6 discs
- diffuse bulge with posterocentral herniation of l4-5 disc seen causing indentation of traversing roots
- diffuse bulge with indentation of bilateral exiting l5 roots seen at l5-s1 disc
- schmorl's node noted at superior & inferior end plate of D9, d10 and d11 vertebrae
cord ends at d12 level

- early dengerative changes in cervial spine

Please advise the most cost effective and quick cure. 

 

Comments

Posted On:
31-12-1969

I would strongly recommend seeking the care of a physical therapsit in your area, or your friends area.  In 46 states you do not need a physicians referral or prescription to see a physical therapist.  Physical therapy is the most conservative, cost efficient and effective treatment approach with very few side effects.  With out evaluating your friend in person it is hard to give a very specific answer, however many times MRI's are done when not totally necessary and findings on MRI's do not always relate to the persons pain or dysfunction.   physical therapy is the best place to start. not all physical therapy is the same, and I would recommend someone who does manual physical therapy.  Then if PT is not effective a consult with a physician who is not a surgeon and who does not own a MRI facility would be the next place to go.

Good luck,

Dr. Aaron LeBauer PT, DPT, LMBT

Physical Therapist in Greensboro, NC

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