Upper Cervical Chiropractic/MRI interpritation


QUESTION: I have been having neck pain for a few years and even lost jobs due to it. Every doctor I saw has associated it with my anxiety. This past summer I fell and went to the ER they did a ct scan and told me that the pain I have been having was from stenosis in my cervical spine , my doctor says I shouldn't  be having any pain. Halloween night I had an acute onset of extreme low back pain. I had an MRI And had stenosis and a disc bulge in my lumbar spine too. My pain has been soo bad I had to turn down a job offer and apply for ssi . I am only 28 yrs old and am in good shape , normal height and weight.    CAT SCAN FINDINGS: A CIRCUMFIRENTIAL DISC BULGE AT C5-C6 THAT CAUSE AT LEAST MILD CANAL STENOSIS AND ANTERIOR CORD EFFACEMENT , STRAIGHTENING IF THE CERVICAL SPINE AND MILD UNCOVERTEBRAL SPURRING CAUSING BONY FORAMINAL NARROWING.        MRI: VERY MINIMAL NARROWING OF THE LUMBAR SPINE WITH SLIGHT LEVOSCOLIOSIS.  Doctor says Ishouldent be in any pain but Iam in so much pain and would do anything to get adequate pain relief. Thank-you.

ANSWER: Angela,

Thank you for your question.  To begin you gave a great clue regarding your situation. You said that you Cervical spine was straight at least according to your CAT scan/MRI findings. When you lose your natural spinal curves your spinal cord can stretch they say 5-7cm. This could be the source of your symptoms from the information given.  

When your head and neck misalign your center of gravity changes and your spine will compensate, over time you will lose your natural spinal curves.   

Dr. Blom


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QUESTION: Thank you for your answer.  If the alignment is my issue , what then would be an effective treatment plan , how is this corrected?  Is surgery needed in my future?


I would start by looking into a consult with an Upper Cervical Chiropractor try www.uppercervicalcare.com see what they have to say about your spinal curves.  

Unfortunately drugs or surgery will not bring back spinal curves.

Good luck,

Dr. Blom

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My area of expertise is the detection and correction of subluxation. A subluxation is the misalignment of a bone to the extent that it puts abnormal pressure on and interferes with the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Putting pressure on nerves and interfering with those mental impulses going from the brain to the rest of the body. Brain to body communication is essential to maintain health! According to Grayís Anatomy the purpose of the nervous system is to control and coordinate all the cell, tissues, organs, and systemís in the body and to adapt that personís body to the environment around them. So if the purpose of the nervous system is to control and coordinate everything in the body then it would make sense that we would want to take care of this system. Therefore interference to the nervous system or lack of communication between the brain and the body would then be the most common cause of health problems in the world today.


Trained and certified in the Upper Cervical Procedure through the KCUCS, Blair Upper Cervical Society, and in the Othrospinology procedure. Post graduate Upper Cervical diplomate through in the Upper Cervical Procedure through Sherman College.

KCUCS - Knee Chest Upper Cervical Specific, IUCI - International Upper Cervical Institute, Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Society, ICA Ė International Chiropractic Association, Palmer College of Chiropractic Alumni.

Feb 2008 Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport IA Degree: Doctor of Chiropractic May 2004 Boise State University, Boise ID Degree: Bachelor of Science Major: Biology Microbiological emphasis Minor: Chemistry, and Music Theory

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