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what is "diffuse disc space narrowing from l1 to l5-s1 with marginal osteophytes arising from the vertebral endplates."?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
(osteo)arthritis: Whoever ordered xrays and gave you results should have explained results to you (or patient). More important than xray interpretation (no offense intended towards radiology colleagues) is why xray ordered in first place. While xrays may show evidence of arthritis, we treat patient & pain/debility, not xray. Sometimes, there can be lots of pain despite normal xray. Other times, no pain w/coincidenc

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Where exactly is your problem when you have an osteophyte in the spinal area ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Arthritis spur: An osteophyte is a bony overgrowth or arthritis spur causing either narrowing of the spinal canal or causing pressure on a nerve.
CA
A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: osteophyte?

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Bone spur: A bone growth or bump that arises from an area of bone that would otherwise be smooth. Commonly associated with osteoarthritis. Typically occur on the periphery of joints.
Durant, OK
A 32-year-old female asked:

What is subarticular disc protrusion/osteophyte @c4c5 mildly narrowing foramina?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Norman Cohen
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Different things: Between each vertebrae (backbone) from the skull to the pelvis is a material known as a "disc" that serves as a sort of shock absorber. This material can sometimes bulge into the spinal canal (protrusion). An osteophyte is bone growth from the vertebra that can also push on the cord or nerve roots. Foramina are the exit points for nerve roots. These exit points are a bit narrowed in your neck.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Which symptoms do the osteophyte manifested as?

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Dr. Kevin Watson
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Bone spur: Osteophytes are "bone spurs", which are usually the sign of arthritis. Osteophytes can be painful. Some osteophytes around the shoulder can impinge on the rotator cuff and cause pain as well.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the specific symptoms of the osteophyte?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: The vast majority of osteophytes are asymptomatic. Rarely, they can produce a sharp, stabbing pain.

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