Print The aging process can affect your cervical spine. This article will review:
Outcome The patient had returned to near normal gait and balance by his 3-month postoperative visit. Case Discussion Professor of Neurosurgery Rush University This patient has neck and shoulder pain but little clinical evidence of myelopathy. There appears to be some congenital spinal stenosis, which combined with disc bulging and osteophyte formation, results in spinal cord compression at C5-C6, C6-C7, and C7-T1.
There is increased signal within the cord posterior to the C5-C6 disc. There is hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum at C5-C6 and C7-T1. The high signal within the cord indicates the compression is significant despite the lack of clinical findings.
Since his neurological examination is almost normal, one has to assume the reason he sought medical attention was for neck pain. Even with some reversal of lordosis, this situation could be well-decompressed via laminoplasty, but there should be concern about this leaving the patient with persistent neck pain.
Although the caudal level is probably not currently causing a problem, it would be relatively easy to deal with at this time rather than subject the patient to further surgery later. Community Case Discussion 0 comments SpineUniverse invites spine professionals to share their thoughts on this case.Doctors give unbiased, helpful information on indications, contra-indications, benefits, and complications: Dr.
Garrett on retrolisthesis of c5 on c6: This is degenerative disc but you may need an MRI of the cervical spine depending on your symptoms. You could ask your physician to help clarify.
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Your neck is the bridge connecting your brain to your body; good health depends upon the signals from your brain getting through to your organs. C5 to C6 spondylosis describes spinal degeneration that develops in the space between the fifth and sixth vertebrae in the cervical (upper) spine in the neck.
The term spondylosis is a general term used to describe normal, age-related spine degeneration and the presence of related conditions and symptoms. Four slips occurred at C2–C3, 16 at C3–C4, 31 at C4–C5, 10 at C5–C6, 4 at C6–C7, and 7 at C7–T1. We identified two types of degenerative spondylolisthesis within the study group.
We identified two types of degenerative spondylolisthesis within the study group. Is grade 1 of C4 on C5 and C5 on C6 something to be worry about or be wary of?
Will my condition worsen as I age? I am 66 and I was having my 2nd yarly test for monoclonal gammopathy. The degenerative process may begin in any of the joints in the cervical spine, and over time it may also cause secondary changes in the other joints.
For example, an intervertebral disc may be primarily affected.