Here is a study where the patients had a long standing kyphotic neck (common in car crashes) and it eventually lead to severe DDD and cord compression. On this site you will find many articles that confirm that a abnormally shaped neck if left untreated, leads to significant problems. This is why in my opinion, treatment needs to be thorough and your diagnosis needs to be accurate. Just think about how much we can help the patent long term and save in overall health care costs. Below is the abstract, here is the full text: You either need to log in or a different subscription to view this page.