It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Spinal Cord Disorders Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-30-2007, 07:03 AM   #1
Newbie
(male)
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: herndon,va
Posts: 1
bcapital HB User
Pinched nerve c6, my story

Back in January, 2007, I tripped and fell while playing basketball and hurt my right elbow, but not too badly. Within a week I had a sore elbow and then I started to have some pain in my right shoulder and right arm and tingling in my right index finger. I was sent for an Xray for the elbow (negative) and an MRI which clearly showed a pinched nerve in my neck, between c5 and c6. The orthopedic doctor that I went to here in VA recommended a cervical epidural and if that did not work, neck fusion surgery.

I wasn't ready to go the invasive route so quickly so I opted for physical therapy first to see if that worked. The physical therapist realized, after examining me, that my spine was out of alignment. Due to my fall, evidently, my thoracic spine was misaligned to the left and my cervical spine, to compensate, was moved to the right thus causing the pinched nerve in my neck. The therapist immediately started to manipulate my thoracic spine to the right and the pain, which had been constant for two months despite painkillers, began to ease within 48 hours.

Progress since the first 10 days slowed as I was still having occasional tingling in my right index finger and my arm would still get tired and I would be in some pain. Today, after 7 weeks of physical therapy, I am almost completely back to normal. I was even able to swing a golf club yesterday without a problem.

Conclusion - I would certainly visit a physical therapist or chiropractor first for an examination before getting into invasive techniques such as an epidural or surgery.

I hope this helps,

Howard Bernstein

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 05-30-2007, 08:12 AM   #2
Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: chicago il usa
Posts: 54
JAKE9364 HB User
Re: Pinched nerve c6, my story

My Chiropractor sent me for a MRI and it showed bulging disks c5, c6, she is going to send me to a pain management dr. She said he will either give me oral steroids or shots! Then back to therapy with her. I hope this works, I think the shots are just a band-aid, not a real cure and will probally not work after years of shots.

Good luck to you.

 
Old 05-31-2007, 06:27 AM   #3
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Russel, ON, Canada
Posts: 47
gia1 HB User
Re: Pinched nerve c6, my story

Sounds good to me , my Family doc, PT and NS all agree that if 7-8 weeks of Physio don't work a NS consult and possible surgical intervention may be needed. After MRI etc.

Good for you hbcapital, sounds like your coming around fine.

Last edited by gia1; 05-31-2007 at 06:28 AM.

 
Old 06-06-2007, 07:32 AM   #4
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 516
Backinthesaddle HB User
Re: Pinched nerve c6, my story

I believe pt is always the first line of defense. Surgery is very expensive and usually won't even be approved unless PT was tried. I had PT for months and months and months and no change for both of my injuries...I ended up with two surgeries and a third coming. As long as it is only a herniation PT is a good option. Most herniations will go away on their own. The problem is when bone spurs or narrowing persists. No pain meds or PT makes bone go away, darn the luck.. Great for you................God willing you do not have any further issues.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Diagnosis of Pinched Nerve in Cervical Spine without MRI or xrays Marysue57 Spinal Cord Disorders 10 03-16-2010 05:04 PM
Need input ASAP!!~Pinched nerve xocandyheartsxo Pain Management 6 02-19-2009 05:26 PM
Pinched Nerve - Disc MellerZ Back Problems 20 03-04-2006 11:53 AM
Pinched nerve MLZ Spinal Cord Disorders 7 11-17-2005 06:34 AM
Relief for Headache due to Pinched Nerve rubydoo63 Headaches & Migraines 4 06-06-2005 10:40 AM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



WebDozer (269), jennybyc (197), Realhousewife (42), kenzibenzi (33), NJ Ldy (32), SpineAZ (31), frenchfri1003 (21), teteri66 (19), ladybud (19), feelbad (18)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1136), MSJayhawk (941), Apollo123 (855), janewhite1 (823), Titchou (769), Gabriel (743), ladybud (667), sammy64 (666), midwest1 (654), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:17 PM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.com™
Copyright and Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!