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Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

Maybe: Cervical radiculopathy can arise from various causes that pinch a nerve in the neck. A disk herniation is a common cause. Other causes include bone spurs that form over time that narrow the hole through which the nerves exit the spine. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


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Painful cervical spine?

Ubiquitous: Degenerative neck and back pain is akin to wrinkles in the skin. Age happens, and the alternative (bring aging to a grinding halt with death) is not appealing. Accept some aches and pain, use nsaid's/tylenol to control, salonpas hot patches, strengthen the core, consider mckenzie pt (doc's rx needed). If persistent, further evaluation. Should not be life altering under most circumstances. ...Read more

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Cervical spine compression of nerve?

Cervical spine compression of nerve?

Radiculopathy: Typically you will feel referred, burning, radicular pain in a dermatomal distribution, depending upon which nerve root is being compressed. ...Read more

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Arterior cervical spine surgery at china?

Done in China: Medical vacations are when persons seek care outside there country usually to save on costs. China has several centers that offer excellent care. ...Read more

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What would cause cervical spondylosis, central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?

What would cause cervical spondylosis,  central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?

Age: These are all common findings that can be found on cervical MRI in patients over 40. Usually related to aging and the natural degenerative process. Genetics and lifestyle also contribute to these changes. ...Read more

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How are cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment different?

How are cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment different?

Encroachment: Any condition limiting space for the nerves causes encroachment. A herniated disc would cause encroachment. A bone spur would also cause. Encroachment does not imply pressure, or severity, or the presence of symptoms. ...Read more

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What does posterior osteophytic spurring of the cervical spine do?

What does posterior osteophytic spurring of the cervical spine do?

Grind creak and hurt: Can also be asymptomatic don't confuse image findings for a diagnosis to mak a diagnosis you need three parts history physical exam clinical impression confirmed on a appropriate image selected for known sensitivity and spe cficity for the diagnosis you are looking for. ...Read more

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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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Could cervical spine MRI show neck cancer?

Could: Cervical spine MRI will show spine more. Mri neck will show more soft tissues in neck and not concentrate on spine. ...Read more

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What's the cervical spine?

The neck: The cervical spine is made up of the seven vertebrae below the skull. These seven vertebrae make up the bones of the neck. ...Read more

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Anterior discectomy & fusion of cervical spine, what to do?

Anterior discectomy & fusion of cervical spine, what to do?

Common procedure: An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with instrumentation is a common procedure to address cervical disc herniations, degenerative spondylosis and occasional to treat instability from trauma. A fusion will eliminate the motion at the involved joint segments. Most patients do well. For very good information and videos, check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Lumbosacral spondylosis with disc degeneration, mild posterior disc bulge at l3-4level indenting thecal sac, lateral canals & neural foraminae, treatment?

Lumbosacral spondylosis with disc degeneration, mild posterior disc bulge at l3-4level indenting thecal sac, lateral canals & neural foraminae, treatment?

DDD=arthritis: Arthritis/spondylosis of the disc is ddd. Like wrinkles of skin, ddd happens to everyone to some degree. It starts to be evident on MRI late teens and early 20's, progressing with age. Ddd/arthritis does not = pain. So don't let the diagnosis bother you. Treatment is specific to the pain. If back pain, nonsurgical. Nsaids/tylenol, pt/core strength. For sciatica, above plus nerve root injections. ...Read more

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Hi, Lateral cervical spine, Loss of normal cervical lordosis. Evidence of spondylotic changes C5/6 with posterior osteophyte formation?

Loss: of cervical lordosis means straightening of the normal curve of the cervical spine. It can simply be positional or do to muscle spasm. Spondylotic changes basically mean degenerative arthritic changes at that level. ...Read more

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Whats lumbar spine stenosis?

Whats lumbar spine stenosis?

Decreased space: The spinal cord passes through a "tunnel" in the bone. With arthritis, disc bulging, and overgrowth of surrounding ligaments, the spine cord can be compressed. The compressions is called stenosis. ...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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Could ankylosing spondylitis cause ligamentus flavum hypertrophy s1 through entire lumbar region and significant spur formation entire cervical spine?

Could ankylosing spondylitis cause ligamentus flavum hypertrophy s1 through entire lumbar region and significant spur formation entire cervical spine?

Probably not: This sounds more likely to be osteoarthritic changes. While ank spongy causes calcification of the spinal ligaments, true spur formation is an osteoarthritic characteristic. ...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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Cervical spine MRI shows Disc osteophyte complex & facet & ligamentous hypertrophy from C5-C7, effacing & narrowing the thecal sac to 8.4mm. Explain..

Cervical spine MRI shows Disc osteophyte complex & facet & ligamentous hypertrophy from C5-C7, effacing & narrowing the thecal sac to 8.4mm. Explain..

Arthritis.: Basically, these findings represent osteoarthritic changes of the cervical spine. These findings need to be interpreted with respect to your medical history. Arthritis elsewhere? Any history of trauma to the neck? Overweight? ...Read more

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more