I have a spur on my C-5. This was caused from an un-treated car accident years ago. I believe this is causing lots of problems. Is surgery to remove the only option?
First, let me say that I am sorry to hear of your injury. Bone spurs on the spine are indicative of abnormal wear and tear in the spine for an extended period of time. Injury from a car accident can cause the spine to be imbalanced, which causes abnormal wear and tear and can accelerate degenerative changes.
A good analogy would be a callus. If you were a carpenter you'd probably develop calluses on your hands as a protective mechanism to all the abnormal wear and tear. Your spine will do exactly the same thing. The untreated injury caused abnormal wear and tear and your body developed a "callus" to protect the discs and joints in you neck. Over time, those calluses turn to bone and you're left with a bone spur. If it's caught early enough, some of the degeneration (i.e. bone spurs) may be reversible just as the calluses on your hands will dissolve if you retired from being a carpenter.
The best advice is to have your spine analyzed by an Upper Cervical doctor to determine if your spine is imbalanced and if your particular case can be helped. Upoer Cervical care has helped countless others with this injury, but each case is different. Have hope and try Upper Cervical before surgery. It is natural, safe, and life changing!
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