They want him to see a Neurosurgeon because he has moderate canal stenosis and severe right sided foraminal stenosis at C5-6 .
As well as effacing of the spinal cord secondary to a disc protrusion and severe right sided foraminal stenosis at C6-7. Those are several very good reasons to see a Surgeon, not to mention the fact that he's in constant very severe pain.
It's going to take a little more than Physical Therapy and Prednisone to fix this.
you just described my MRI to a tee except the 4mm protrusion. Let me know what you find out, the doctors seem to dismiss it as not too serious, but my neck pain is excrutiating, daily "neckaches", I am loosing alot of strength in my left arm/shoulder. I have a peripheral neuropathy and I wonder if that is causing the pain or if there is a nerve being squished. Why did they want you to see a neurosurgeon?
I sent you a PM about your question.
Hello, Thank you for posting your question to the forum. Your reports suggest that you have cervical stenosis. This stenosis usually occurs mostly in old people (age >50). Sometime young people with spine injury or a narrow foraminas at spines are also at risk and disorders like arthritis and scoliosis may cause spinal stenosis as well. If stenosis is not severe, symptoms could appear gradually or not at all. Common symptoms include pain in your neck or back, numbness or tingling, weakness or pain in your arms or legs, and leg problems. Common treatments include pain killer medications, physical therapy, back or neck braces and surgery. Hope this helps.