Save the Date! NW Surgical Research Foundation Conference
Save the Date! NW Surgical Research Foundation Conference March 2018 @ReboundMD facebook.com/ReboundMD/ Causes and Treatments of Neck and Arm Pain Brian Ragel, MD
No conflicts of interest No disclosures I can never do less, I can always do more Introduction Anatomy Definitions Cervical spondylosis Herniated disc
Cases Axial neck pain Radiculopathy Myelopathy Cervical Spondylosis wear and tear over time Facet arthropy bone spurs / osteophytes loss of disc height
mineral deposition within ligaments and discs Imaging: Cervical Spondylosis Imaging: Cervical Spondylosis Imaging: Cervical Spondylosis Degenerative changes that contribute to spinal cord/nerve root compression
Axial Neck Pain Case 45 yo F Neck pain x 2 years, following MVC. Mid-cervical spine pain Has tried everything. Exam Paraspinous tenderness
Non-focal neuro exam Imaging X-rays: AP/lat/flex/ex, normal MRI: mild DDD at C6/7 Axial Neck Pain DFN: pain in neck and upper trapezius pain without radicular symptoms
usually mechanical component 66% of all adults will suffer Imaging studies correlate poorly Sx ?pain generator? Nerve endings
trauma) MRI r/o tumor, spinal cord compression 61 yo F w/ h/o breast cancer and progressive neck pain. Axial Neck Pain Tx*
Exercise: strengthen and stretch OTCs (Tylenol / NSAIDs) Talk therapy (cognitive specialist) Heat Sleeping right back or side (change
pillow, collar, bed) Physical therapy Acupuncture Chiropractor Tx, limited success* Injections (steroids ~3 mo; ablations ~1 yr) Surgery *Best Relief for Neck Pain, Consumer Reports, 2015 and 2016
Surgery for Axial Neck Pain Pain relief 21 45% Partial pain relief 25 55% No relief 22 32% Overall, for axial neck pain, surgery 50/50 at best, no good exam, no good imaging modality to define pain generator site. I utilize SPECT/CT in some cases. *Lees, Rothman, Deplama, Gore.
Axial Neck Pain Case 45 yo F, chronic neck pain after MVC. Failed conservative measures Imaging CT C-spin, no fracture
Consider Hybrid SPECT/CT, metabolic study Axial Neck Pain Arthritis can be persistent source of pain.
Taken up by osteoblasts, Imaged w/ gamma camera CT scan screen merged w/ gamma counts Matar et. al., 72 patients, 25 cervical Identified potential pain generator sites in 92% and 86% of cervical and lumbar scans, respectively Can, focus treatments at areas high uptake
Axial Neck Pain Case 45 yo F, chronic neck pain after MVC. Failed conservative measures NSAIDs / PT / Chiro / Acupuncture Facet blocks Imaging Hybrid SPECT/CT, normal
NO surgery offered. Next?: Encourage pain counseling ?Consider arthritic w/u? ?Refer for facet denervation procedure?
?Spinal cord stimulator? NO, not good for axial neck pain, best for arm pain F/u 1 year re-image Conclusion: Axial Neck Pain Imaging: r/o fracture, instability, tumor. Surgery: No good surgical option. Treatment: non-surgical! My practice:
Sorry, surgery wont help. In pts w/ little secondary gain and willing try offer 1 yr f/u. I have performed ACDFs for axial neck pain w/ mixed results. I have offered patients fusion w/ facet arthropathy on SPECT/CT surgery, 1 taker. Cervical Radiculopathy Case
45 yo M Neck and right arm pain x 6 weeks Deltoid to bicep to lateral forearm to thumb Exam 4+/5 biceps diminished LT thumb Cervical Radiculopathy
Sx Sxs in dermatomal distribution from compressed nerve root Example: C6 radiculopathy will produce pain/numbness in lateral biceps -> lateral forearm -> thumb Dx Sensory: ask patient to self diagram Motor: C5 deltoid, C6 biceps, C7 triceps
ACR ~20% undergo ACDF ACR ~30% fuse Recovery Return to work 2 4 wks Cervical Radiculopathy Case, F/U 4 wks after C6/7 ACR 45 yo M R arm pain resolved
intermittent tingling down arm discomfort b/w shoulder blades Exam: full strength diminished LT R C6 F/u 6 months, annually w/ x-rays Risks: symptomatic adjacent level disc disease ~1-2% yr, ~20% at decade.
270 ACDR vs. 219 ACDF Equivalent: >80% relief neck pain >80% relief arm pain Motion preserved Unclear if ACDR diminishes risk symptomatic adjacent level disc diseasae
Conclusion: Cervical Radiculopathy Surgical Indications Life-limiting pain Pain > 2 months Progressive motor deficit Surgery ACDF or ACDR excellent outcomes in neck and arm
pain relief Cervical Myelopathy Case 65 yo M Presents increasing falls, clumsy hands, and upper extremity tingling for past 2 years Exam:
4+/5 triceps and grip +Hoffmans sign, up-going toes Mild ataxia w/ heel-to-toe walk Cervical Myelopathy Sx Sxs N/T, clumsy hands, spastic gait, leg weakness due to spinal cord compression
Sx / Dx Upper Motor Neuron signs (Myelopathy) Upgoing toes (Babinski) Finger flexor reflex (Hoffmans sign) Spastic gait Imaging: MRI, damaged spinal cord (cord signal noted on T2WI)
Natural History of Cervical Myelopathy Lees and Turners usually stable non-progressive disability progressive deterioration exception Symon et al, 67% steady decline Nonrandomized MCT in 2000 20 surgery with improved function 23 non-op with decline in ADL
Natural History of Mild Cervical Myelopathy Study, 60 patients w/ mild CM (JOA score >13) 30% decline in stair-step fashion 70% tolerate Cervical Myelopathy Surgical Goal: decompress spinal
cord to halt progression of symptoms Surgical Indications: Progressive symptoms Cord signal on MRI Patient choice if mild Surgery: Anterior decompressive surgery for anterior compression / kyphosis
Posterior decompression for degenerative / congenital stenosis Cervical Myelopathy 65yo M w/ severe cervical myelopathy. MRI, severe anterior compression. Example: C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7 ACDF d/t anterior compression. Cervical Myelopathy 82yo M w/ increasing gait disturbance. MRI, cord signal change.
Example: Posterior laminoplasty w/ lateral mass expansion hardware for congenital stenosis with cervical myelopathy Outcome: Cervical Myelopathy Short-term: Improved gait Return proximal strength Long-term complaints:
c/o grip weakness c/o balance issues c/o UE Paresthesia's (gabapentin) Risk: 10% patients have neurologically worse following surgery Summary Axial neck pain, no good
surgical options. Cervical radiculopathy, excellent surgical options to relieve arm pain. Cervical stenosis with myelopathy, good surgical options to stop progressive neurologic decline. Save the Date!
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