Hi everyone, I've posted here a few times before but I am coming to a conclusion about my neck. I have the following in the cervical region due to car accident whiplash on 5/31/16:
-Moderate Stenosis C5-C6
-DDD Present in Cervical Spine
-Facet Hypertrophy at the C4/C5/C6 Joints
-C6 Grade 2 Compression Deformity / Fracture
Ive done the following treatments:
-3 Month Chiropractor Care
-6 Months Physical Therapy (Also working on 4 Level Disc Protrusions in Thoracic T4-T8)
-Occipital Nerve Blocks to both sides
-CSI Injection at C5 (Provided 2 Months of 75 Percent Neck Pain Relief)
Ive also done an EMG Test that came back negative for both arms.
I have absolutely no radiating nerve pain into either arm, instead my head feels unstable and I have to constantly support it to provide minimal pain relief. I have full Range of Motion but it brings pain upon rotating my head. I notice more grinding and popping in my neck as well. When I sleep I subconsciously support my head with my hand so that it doesn't move. Due to these symptoms I feel that my issues are more with facet joint / cartilage damage over disc protrusions. My questions are, at 10 months now post accident the stiffness feels the same as it did post accident and I'm left with what course of action to take.
Nerve Ablation around Facet Joint?
Continuous CSI Injections?
For surgery consultation purposes Im 25, Lift daily / Cardio Daily and stay active. I'm finding myself getting depressed due to the Chronic Pain I'm in daily. I avoid social situations because I can't sit in a chair very long without holding my head with my hand. I have not returned to my occupation of construction manual labor since the accident and am also contemplating switching to a new career / school. Thank you for reading.