Discovery for “high functioning” adults

C-spine stenosis
Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky with an adult patient

Some c-spine stenosis symptoms are pain/weakness in arms, shoulders or legs, and balance issues


In November of 2016, I called to make an appointment with my primary care physician due to radiating pain in my arm.  He wasn’t available so the appointment was scheduled with his physician’s assistant.  She examined me, prescribed stretches and instructed that if the pain had not gotten better by January when I came in for my physical to mention it.  At that time, the PCP ordered neck/shoulder x-rays. Upon calling for the results, the staff’s response was  nothing was “alarming” so I continued the stretches and my regular exercise routine.

About three months later, while gathering information for a consultation with Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky at the Weinberg Cerebral Palsy Center, I  discovered a written report indicating narrowing of the cervical spine in the patient portal.  Unfortunately, while on my way to see Dr. Joe, I fell for no apparent reason.  Broke my hip and landed in the emergency room.  Thankfully, the repair required pins.  During the conversation with Dr. Dutkowsky, he stated that “high functioning” adults have cervical spinal stenosis that, due to slow progression, is only diagnosed when major symptoms occur.  At Dr. Dutkowsky’s direction, an MRI was done prior to my release from the hospital revealing stenosis.  There was a REASON for the fall.  This great man is lobbying for a routine cervical MRI for this demographic!

Long ago became content with my limitations, but refuse to quietly sit by and loose the abilities that are present!