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02 Dec 2005

Painful neck & weakness and pain in arm
For a period of ± 6 years I have been suffering with pain, stifness and spasms in my neck. For the last year I am also experiencing a weak feeling in my right arm as well as pain in the arm. My GP suggested physiotherapy as well as dry needle treatment recently. I drink anti-inflammatory medication quite often and do the neck exercises regularly. Since my arm has been getting gradually worse, I consulted my GP again and he sent me to a Neurophysiologist. The tests shown that I do not have carpal tunnel, but that there is a "pinched nerve" between C6 & C7. He suggested I continue with the physiotherapy. I must just mention that I was involved (3 x) in a car crash, where I definetly suffered from whiplash at least once. X-rays however did not show any abnormalities. What treatment/advice could you offer me?
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Healthy Bones
Healthy Bones

01 Jan 0001

Dear Marita
You may want a second opinion on this, although surgery is considered a last resort and only done in cases where there is muscle wasting and definite weakness in the affected limb. You can ask you GP to refer you to a neurosurgeon for a second opinion.
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