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Are small disc protrusion which contacts but doesn't compress the spinal cord and mild endplate spurring anteriorly the same thing? Both are at c4-5

Are small disc protrusion which contacts but doesn't compress the spinal cord and mild endplate spurring anteriorly the same thing? Both are at c4-5

NOT SAME THING: However, both are results of acquired wear and tear. The endplate spurring can be looked at like arthritis, the disc protrusion is indicative of a tear in the basket surrounding the disc, which results in contact with spinal cord. This is not yet a "surgical" issue, and rather, is potentially managed by conservative approaches, especially physical therapy. Do NOT see chiropractor!!! ...Read more

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If anterior horn spinal nerves are motor, then epidural steroid inj's can only relieve sensory symptoms being injected posteriorly?

If anterior horn spinal nerves are motor, then epidural steroid inj's can only relieve sensory symptoms being injected posteriorly?

Interesting Thought: The plan is for the epidural steroid injection that is done posteriorly (called interlaminar/translaminar epidural injection) to reach the anterior epidural space where both the motor and sensory nerves exit out. Below the level of L2, roughly the spinal cord ends and all nerves exiting from the spine have both sensory/motor components. ...Read more

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My whole spinal cord mid back keeps cramping up. So painful and radiates to front of my neck and its deep pain. How do i stop it?

My whole spinal cord mid back keeps cramping up. So painful and radiates to front of my neck and its deep pain. How do i stop it?

Massage therapy: Apparently you have extensive muscle spasm in the back & neck. A warm soak would help. I think you would benefit from a massage therapy session. I'm assuming your pain is not from a back injury of some sort. If it is, then you should start with physical therapy. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Had an MRI and dont understand results. "large posterior disk extrusion contacting the anterior spinal cord and causing severe spinal canal stenosis.

Had an MRI and dont understand results.  "large posterior disk extrusion contacting the anterior spinal cord and causing severe spinal canal stenosis.

Spinal Stenosis: Did a doctor explain to you the results or did you just obtain a copy? In general you have a protruding disc (not sure if neck or back) that is impinging on the spinal canal and resulting in narrowing of the canal. I would imagine you are having pain, weakness, numbness? ...Read more

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What to do if I have broad based disc bulge C5 C6 C7 effacing CSF on the anterior spinal cord there is bilateral neurofora?

What to do if I have broad based disc bulge C5 C6 C7 effacing CSF on the anterior spinal cord there is bilateral neurofora?

Depends on symptoms: You are describing a radiographic finding. Many times, people have disc bulges and no symptoms, in which case nothing needs to be done. If you are having neck pain or arm pain or numbness/weakness of the arms, then treatment with therapy to reduce the disc bulge and relieve pressure on the nerve roots or medication for the symptoms may be indicated. ...Read more

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I had anterior cervical discectomy with fusion and plates at c5-c7. My current MRI looks like one of the screws is pulling on spinal cord this possibl?

I had anterior cervical discectomy with fusion and plates at c5-c7. My current MRI looks like one of the screws is pulling on spinal cord this possibl?

Artifact: Impossible to say for certain without the images, but metallic objects like screws cause a magnetic susceptibility or "bloom" artifact which obscures or distorts adjacent anatomy. It is not real, it is an artifact due to the interaction of the magnetic field with the screw. This commonly causes the thecal sac/cord to look distorted on MRI. ...Read more

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What can injure the spinal cord?

What can injure the spinal cord?

Spinal cord injury: Anything that can cause pressure, gradually or suddenly, may injure the spinal cord. That would include arthritis, herniated disc, tumor, infections. Instability would allow the cord to be stretched or bruised: after trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, surgery. Vascular abnormalities could interfere with spinal cord circulation like a stroke. Abnormal spinal fluid flow could cause internal cord damage. ...Read more

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