I was injured in a car accident in feb of 06. I have both cervical and lumbar injuries. I have pain deep inside my neck which goes down both arms and causes headaces like I have never had before(including severe migranies) My cervical injuries are worse at this point. I have had three MRI's, a digital motion x-ray, discogram and EMG of my neck.
the findings are bulging discs at 3/4,4/5,5/6,6/7, ligamental instability at 1/2,2/3,3/4,4/5,5/6,6/7, bilateral posterolateral and anterior fissures/tears at 3/4,4/5,5/6,6/7 and a active right c6 radiculopathy.
I have been treated conserviatively since the car accident treatments include physical therapy at two facilities, medical massage, chiropractic, pain management including two epidural cervical injections, home tens unit and pain medications. acupunture, home traction, cold laser therapy. I have been under the care of an orthopedic spine surgeon for a year and I have also consulted with a neurosurgeon. At this point I am being told I have tried all conservatitive treatments and surgery is now being recommended. The neurosurgeon wants to do a fusion at c4/5 but advised I may need more surgery within 5 years. the orthopedic surgeon who previous told me he would not preform surgery until all other treatments fail and I cannot tolerate the pain is now recommending a three layer fisuon at c3/4,4/5,5/6. He thinks this should help alievate the pain. What I would like to know is:
Are there any other surgical options I can consider besides fusion. I was told I do not qualify for disc replacement because of the ligament instability and multiple disc injuries. Are there treatments I have not tried yet? Thank you for you time and advise.
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