Neck pain and dysphagia associated to disc protrusion and reduced functional stability: A case report

Michele Margelli, Carla Vanti, Jorge Hugo Villafañe, Roberto Andreotti

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Abstract

Background: Deglutition dysfunction like dysphagia may be associated with cervical symptoms. Findings: A young female complained of pain on the neck and swallowing dysfunction that was reduced by means of isometric contraction of cervical muscles. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an anterior C5-C6 disc protrusion associated with a lesion of the anterior longitudinal ligament. Barium radiograph showed a small anterior cervical osteophyte at C6 level and dynamic X-ray excluded anatomical instability. The treatment included manual therapy and active exercises to improve muscular stability. Conclusions: Diagnostic hypothesis was a combination of cervical disc dysfunction associated with C6 osteophyte and reduced functional stability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Nov 17 2015

Keywords

  • Cervical
  • Deglutition disorders
  • Intervertebral disc displacement
  • Osteophyte
  • Pain
  • Physical therapy technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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