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Old 12-06-2011, 08:29 AM   #1
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Right side pain with Left side herniation


I injured my neck, initially the pain was across the back of my neck with pain on my right shoulder and right side of the neck. I went to PT and had an MRI, the MRI showed a herniation of C5 and C6 on the left side. After 2 weeks of PT, the right shoulder pain was lessened, but now I have severe pain on the left side of my neck, with pain and numbness in my left arm and hand. Has anyone ever heard of pain on the right when the herniation was on the left? Wondering if it could have been pain from compensating??? Any thoughts?

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Old 12-07-2011, 12:32 PM   #2
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Re: Right side pain with Left side herniation

You are correct in assuming that opposite side pain can be from over-compensating. Esp. in the neck/shoulder area. We tend to muscle guard and tighten muscles to help protect an injured area. Unfortunately, these injuries can take a while to heal. Sometimes surgery is needed, but not most of the time. Hang in there and follow your PT's advice. Give it at least a couple of weeks. You should see some improvement. If pain worsens, be sure and let your dr. know. Hope you feel better soon!

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Re: Right side pain with Left side herniation

It is called contralateral pain (pain on the opposite side). I suffer from left leg pain from a right side herniation lumbar spine. They really don't understand the reason for this except that the herniation may be pulling on the opposite side irritating the nerve there. In one study done in Turkey they operated on patients and only fixed the herniation on the opposite side. The result was once the right sided herniation was fixed the left side pain went away.
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