(All information has been de-identified to protect patient identity)
This is a forty nine year old male that presented to the office with severe left arm weakness that had been present for 2 weeks. Initially, he thought that he injured his arm while playing basketball, but soon realized that something more severe was going on. He noticed that his arm was weak and he had continued shooting pain down to his hand. On examination, he had weakness to his bicep muscles and some numbness in to his thumb area. When he positioned his hand on top of his head, his symptoms seems to get better.
An MRI was ordered as well as some anti‐inflammatory medications. When he returned, his weakness had gotten slightly worse, and the MRI revealed that he had severe compression of his spinal cord.
After failing conservative attempts, he was taken to the operating room for a cervical decompression and an Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion (ACDF). His arm pain and strength quickly returned, but it took about six months for his numbness to ultimately resolve. He is doing very well now and has returned to work as a delivery driver.