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    Old 08-26-2015, 09:40 AM   #1
    anthony lateman
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    irregularity of the superior endplate of C5

    Hi I was involved in a major car crash which involved the car rolling end to nose, since the accident 05/06/15 I have suffered pain in my neck, I had an xray which reported an irregularity of the superior endplate of C5 caused by trauma can someone explain what is meant by this?
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    Old 08-28-2015, 09:19 AM   #2
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    Re: irregularity of the superior endplate of C5

    Welcome to the board. Are you continuing to have neck pain? You may want to explore further testing as the x-ray will only show issues with bone. Since the endplate is one part of a spinal segment that includes the vertebra and the intervertebral disc, and since it is damaged, it is possible that there is also damage to the disc.

    The endplate is the portion of the vertebra that adjoins the disc. The disc itself does not contain any blood vessels. As a result the disc receives its nourishment through the vertebral endplate. Unfortunately the endplate is often injured in accidents. When this happens, it can cause the disc to begin to deteriorate due to lack of nutrition.

    It would be important to have a course of physical therapy to learn appropriate exercises that you can do to encourage the endplates to form new pathways for moisture/nutrition to reach the disc.

    If you are experiencing a great deal of pain, you may want to be evaluated by a spine specialist. This could be either a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon whose practice is limited to the back and neck.

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