Neck Pain

I just got operated for a herniated disc between the 6th and 7th vertebra along the back of the neck. A part has been removed. I had a nerve failure in my left arm because the nerve was compressed by the herniation. Now I have one problem; I walked 2 or 3 times a week for 1 hour but according to the doctor that is not very good for my neck because I have osteoarthritis between my 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae (strongly narrowed intervertebral space with slight disc herniation) and the other cervical vertebrae have small disc protrusions)

My question now is whether it is wise to buy a cross trainer and to maintain my fitness level that way. I mainly did fat burning and endurance.

I am 50 years old and still want to be active and have no overweight bmi = 21

Christine

 

 

Mark Chen, Physiotherapist:

 

Hi Christine,

I think it is certainly a good idea to keep the condition up to date via a cross trainer. I would certainly also put the advice of the GP to the test.
The idea that osteoarthritis should be a reason to be careful is very old-fashioned. To get an idea of what I mean, take a look at the next image.

 

Recent scientific research has tested the causal relationship between abnormal findings and pain by allowing people to take an MRI scan without any symptoms.
These studies show that there are a huge percentage of deviations that in these cases are totally unpaired with pain.
For example, for a disc “bulging” as you describe, 87% !!!
For degenerative changes of the discus, such as dehydration/desiccation, as many as 96%!!! of the older population.
This group, again, does not experience any pain.

This should be a reassurance. The findings in your neck are normal, and not necessarily responsible for any pain.
Of course, from my position I can, not determine whether there is actually a connection!

My advice would be to find a sporty physiotherapist who can help with this process. The neck must be tested slowly to see what is and is not possible!

In this way you will probably be surprised at what is possible. The idea to reduce a basic activity such as walking at such a young age (provided there is a good reason) does not seem sensible to me.

I hope this helps!

Mark Chen

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