Re: Diagnosis: Cervical foraminal stenosis C5-C6
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Cervical foraminal stenosis
Foraminal stenosis (narrowing of the cervical disc space) may arise without any disc herniation. The majority of symptoms is usually caused by one nerve root on one side. Typically, the condition is characterized by:
The pain develops slowly (versus acute pain)
May develop over many years
The pain is not continuous
The pain is related to an activity (such as bicycle riding) or position (such as holding the neck in an extended position)
The condition is caused by enlargement of a joint (the uncinate process) in the spinal canal and can be confirmed by either an MRI scan or a CT with myelogram.
Unlike many other back or neck conditions, most conservative treatments (such as medications or other modalities) are unlikely to be of much benefit. Traction may provide some pain relief.
Most often, patients choose either activity modification or surgery to relieve pressure in the nerve root.
Activity modification. If patients are not unduly troubled by foregoing a few activities and are not in a great deal of discomfort, choosing to live with the condition is a reasonable option. Delaying or avoiding surgery is not dangerous, and surgery may always be considered at a later date.
Surgery. Surgery usually includes an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in which the disc is removed and the disc space is distracted open to allow opening of the foramen and give the nerve root more room. A bone graft is left in the disc space to keep in distracted. The surgical procedure is reliable in terms of pain relief and has minimal morbidity (such as postoperative pain). It can usually be done with an overnight hospital stay and then takes about 2 to 6 weeks to return to normal activities.
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