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What does all this mean? C2-3 small disk osteophyte complex with ventral thecal sac deformity. C4-5 disk osteophyte complex with ventral cord flattening. C 5-6 Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy is severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Face

What does all this mean? C2-3 small disk osteophyte complex with ventral thecal sac deformity. C4-5 disk osteophyte complex with ventral cord flattening. C 5-6 Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy is severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Face

Degenerative: Basically refers to degenerative (aging) changes of the spine. Disk/osteophyte refers to bone spur and/or disc protrusion, and facet/uncovertebral hypertrophy refers to arthritis of the joints at the back part (facets) and sides (uncovertebral) of the vertebrae. Ventral thecal sac deformity and ventral cord flattening refer to slight pressure on the spinal cord. Stenosis refers to pinched nerve. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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What does this mean? Moderate left neural foraminal stenosis and abutment of the exiting L4 nerve root

What does this mean? Moderate left neural foraminal stenosis and abutment of the exiting L4 nerve root

Pain generator: This could be causing the left sided sciatic symptoms. Usually need to know more and do an exam to make sense of the pictures. ...Read more

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High grade osseous neural foraminal stenosis with cervical spondylosis mean?

High grade osseous neural foraminal stenosis with cervical spondylosis mean?

Pinched nerve: Cervical spondylosis is arthritis in the neck. Foraminal stenosis means narrowing of the space where the nerves exit the spinal canal, in this case caused by bone spurs from arthritis. After they leave the neck these nerves form the three major nerves of the arm, controlling feeling and movement. Stenosis can cause pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the arm or hand. High grade = severe. ...Read more

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Mri-c6-7 there are bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes causing bilateral neural foraminal stenosis. What does this mean?

Mri-c6-7 there are bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes causing bilateral neural foraminal stenosis. What does this mean?

MRI: The radiologist is describing small spicules of bone that are causing some narrowing of the bony canal through which the nerve runs. The mr findings would have to be correlated to your clinical findings and a neurologist might be helpful there. ...Read more

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What does hypertrophic change at the T9-T10 facets bilaterally -severe left, moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Lots of pain

What does hypertrophic change at the T9-T10 facets bilaterally -severe left, moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Lots of pain

Cause for back pain.: It means your main nerves coming from your spine that run through your vertebrae can be suffering of compression because overgrowth of the bony area is squeezing it/them. The pain is caused by the nerve itself that might be irritated by contact with the vertebra. Nerves transmit sensation so pain is triggered this way. F/u with your doctor to create a plan of action for treatment. ...Read more

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Mri shows mild inferior bilateral neural foraminal stenosis at l2/3, and l4/5. Pain has been chronic for years. What is the best medication or cure?

Mri shows mild inferior bilateral neural foraminal stenosis at l2/3, and l4/5. Pain has been chronic for years. What is the best medication or cure?

Treatment options: There are various options for treatment of chronic back pain. If the pain is truly due to mild neuroforaminal stenosis then an epidural injection mght help. Less invasive strategies like extensive physical therapy, pilates, massage therapy, acupuncture are all options. Be sure to have a good evaluation of the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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Bulging of l5/s1 combined w loss of disc space height causing moderate bilateral neural foraminal stenosis slight compression of L5 nerve roots?

Bulging of l5/s1 combined w loss of disc space height causing moderate bilateral neural foraminal stenosis slight compression of L5 nerve roots?

What is the question: You have not asked a question. What you have is osteoarthritis at l5-s1 of a moderate degree. If back pain is a significant issue you have several options that can help. See an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What is moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis due to disc osteophyte left subarticular disc extursion w/ cranial and caudal migration?

What is moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis due to disc osteophyte left subarticular disc extursion w/ cranial and caudal migration?

Arthritis: :worn joint between bones making canal where nerves leave spinal cord tight (stenosis) and disc in between vertebrae are not where they ought to be. It is in the spinal canal moved above and below where they belong. ...Read more

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Mri-very mild broad disc bulge with posterior element hypertrophic changes causing minimal neural foraminal stenosis inferiorly. What does this mean?

Mri-very mild broad disc bulge with posterior element hypertrophic changes causing minimal neural foraminal stenosis inferiorly. What does this mean?

"Arthritic spurs": The radiologist that read the MRI is simply referring to arthritic spurs that are growing forward into the small space on each side of the spine where the nerves exit. Keep in mind that this is very common in people with no pain at all. This is only relevant if it correlates with your symptoms and physical exam findings. ...Read more

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Report says: Left sided neural foraminal stenosis with nerve root impingement at the L5-S1 level Is there anything I can do to relieve pain until tx.

Report says: Left sided neural foraminal stenosis with nerve root impingement at the L5-S1 level Is there anything I can do to relieve pain until tx.

A few steps: Even at age 82, you could try some stretching exercises, and even some McKenzie back exercises. Hot soaking in hot tub or bath may alleviate some of the discomfort. Some meds will interact with your warfarin. But you might be able to gain relief from simple OTC meds such as Aleve, (naproxen) ibuprofen, and maybe you could be candidate for epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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At c5-c6 small diffuse disc bulge, moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis secondary to facet disease?

At c5-c6 small diffuse disc bulge, moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis secondary to facet disease?

Question?: I am unsure what your specific question is. If these are the findings on a MRI/CT, the finding can be associated with cervical radiculopathy. The symptoms include pain in the lower neck, shoulder, arm, thumb and index finger. Treatments can range for medications, physical therapy, epidural injections to surgery. A spinal orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon can help decide on the best treatment. ...Read more

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Should severe multilevel neural foraminal narrowing of the cervical spine and stenosis be concern for paralysis?

Should severe multilevel neural foraminal narrowing of the cervical spine and stenosis be concern for paralysis?

Usually not quick: Unless neck is injured, the quick paralysis does not occur but a gradually progressive paralysis does occur which a neurologist or astute clinician can detect. It can be fixed by surgery and further progression will stop. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a disc protrusion at the L3-S4 and L5-S1 levels without spinal or neural foraminal stenosis?

What does it mean to have a disc protrusion at the L3-S4 and L5-S1 levels without spinal or neural foraminal stenosis?

Common finding: Disc bulging or protrusion of the disc does not correlate very well with the presence or absence of back symptoms (based upon MRI studies). Since you do not have evidence of nerve root or spinal cord compression it would suggest that your pain might be arising from lumbar facet osteoarthritis and/or myofascial pain in the lumbar muscle groups. Has an experienced physical therapist evaluated you? ...Read more

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My MRI results show lumbar djd with moderate neural foraminal stenosis. Is neural foraminal stenosis another name for radiculopathy?

No: stenosis means Narrowing, and in this care the foramens or window where the nerves exit are narrowed. If narrowed enough, they may construct the nerve which could lead to radiculopathy. ...Read more

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What does hypertrophic change at T9 &T10 facets bilaterally - severe left and moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Cat scan

What does hypertrophic change at T9 &T10 facets bilaterally - severe left and moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Cat scan

Spinal stenosis: You have arthritis in the mid back (thoracic level 9/10). The joints that connect one level with the next are overgrown and compressing the spinal cord and pinching the nerves as they exit the canal. It is important to see a neurosurgeon for an examination to ensure that there is no neurological problems from this arthritis and to develop a treatment plan for pain relief. ...Read more

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C4-5 right uncovertebral osteophyte/disc bulge complex broad disc bulge right neural foraminal stenosis & abutment of ventral cervical cord. Meaning?

Not meaningful: These findings on MRI of c spine are simply indicators of arthritic phenomenon with aging or wear and tear. These may or may not clinically corelate with the clinical symptoms or signs of a patient. Examining and ordering physician is in best position to tell if these findings corelate with your symptoms. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Please explain. Spinal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis, inferior cervical spine due to posteriordisc osteophyten complex formation, uncovertebral?

Please explain. Spinal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis, inferior cervical spine due to posteriordisc osteophyten complex formation, uncovertebral?

Cervical narrowing: Age appropriate changes of a settling cervical spine causing bone spurs and crowding of nerves in neck may cause arm pain and numbess in fingers small and ring with or without neck pain. ...Read more

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I have mild facet arthropathy from l3-s1 as well as bulging discs at l4-5&l5-s1 and bilateral neural foraminal stenosis @l5-s1. What does this mean?

I have mild facet arthropathy from l3-s1 as well as bulging discs at l4-5&l5-s1 and bilateral neural foraminal stenosis @l5-s1. What does this mean?

Mild Back arthritis: Degenerative changes of spine all above findings are 30% asymptomatic may or not be cause of your symptoms. Now you have a more detailed list of suspects to investigate with a spine specialist. ...Read more

Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


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Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more