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A 42-year-old male asked:

My mri says "spinal cord contact". does it cause pain if an osteophyte or a disc touches the spinal cord with mild spinal canal stenosis? thank you.

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Dr. William Conte
Specializes in Neurology
Depends: An osteophyte touching the spine shouldn't cause pain. What we worry about is when an osteophyte or protruding disk actually compresses the spinal cord/canal which should be seen on the MRI.
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