This 43-year-old man had a several-year history of progressive arm weakness. He had noticed balance and tripping issues over last year, and it had progressed over the last several months. His left arm caused discomfort, he had radiation into small through ring fingers and tingling in the left side of his neck. He had lost dexterity and fine motor skills in left hand. Now, the patient has lifestyle as well as job-limiting issues—as a policeman—from this condition.
The policeman underwent a 2 level cervical disc replacement, and had return of strength almost immediately. Four months after his surgery, he was able to pass the S.W.A.T. physical fitness test and returned to full duty without restriction.