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My car was hit from the rear at about 70 mph as I was turning into a driveway. The impact sent my car flying more than 100 yards. The car nose dived over a culvert, the front hit the ground and continued on. I had my seat belt on. My head whipped twice that I remember; my glasses came off; and the collision broke the front seat from the bolts and the back of the seat. I was dazed three to four minutes, but felt nothing else. Approximately 2 hours later, I started feeling stiffness and pain. I went in to the chiropractor that day. I have been under treatment since with my doctor and chiropractor. Heat, TENS, ultrasound, adjustments, and gentle muscle massage have comprised the treatmen. I am still in great pain at 5 months. An MRI was done and found to have C4 C5 lg hern.
A surgical consult is to evaluate your symptoms and findings and correlate them with your MRI. The presence of a disc herniation by itself is not an indication for surgery.
You should see either an Orthopedic or Neurologic Surgeon that treats spinal problems.
Thank you for your question.