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What does multilevel ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet arthropathy mean?

What does multilevel ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet arthropathy mean?

Definition: Ligamentum flavum hypertrophy means enlargement of the tough band of tissue that connects two bones of the spine. Multilevel indicates that this is happening at several different spots in the spine. The facet joints connect the vertebrae of the spine to one another. Facet arthropathy simply means a disease or abnormality of the facet joints. ...Read more

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What is neural forminal hypertrophic vhanges of the ligamentum flavum bilataterally bulging of intervertebral disc and facet arthropathy?

What is neural forminal hypertrophic vhanges of the ligamentum flavum bilataterally bulging of intervertebral disc and facet arthropathy?

Anatomy: Not enough space here to write. If you google these things, you will find nice pictures to explain it all. Foramen is the "hole" in the bone where your nerve roots exit. Facets are the joints that hold vertebrae together. Ligamentum flavum is a ligament within the bones that runs down the spinal canal. All of these problems you mention can lead to back pain and nerve related pain. ...Read more

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My MRI showed L5-S1 disc bulge with mild facet arthropathy at L4-5 and L5-S1. As well as L5-S1 Ligamentum Flavum Hypertrophy and facet Arthropathy??

My MRI showed L5-S1 disc bulge with mild facet arthropathy at L4-5 and L5-S1.  As well as L5-S1 Ligamentum Flavum Hypertrophy and facet Arthropathy??

Spinal Arthritis: Your MRI results are consistent with age. Often these findings do not cause any pain. A lifetime of use, injuries (sports/falls) are consistent with these findings. Most people have similar "arthritic" changes in the spine after age 25. I assume you are symptomatic. PT, weight control and strengthening your back would good first steps. Listening to your pain is very important to avoid re-injuring. ...Read more

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What does bilateral ligamentum flavum infolding mean?

What does bilateral ligamentum flavum infolding mean?

Pressure source: This would be a pressure source on the nerves and tissue around the infolding possibly causing pain or numbness. ...Read more

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What is bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy?

What is bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy?

Degeneration: Hypertropy of the facets and ligamentum flavum refers to the expansion of these structures in the setting of degeneration. These can cause stenosis (narrowing) with compromise of the nerves going to the legs, as well as back pain. ...Read more

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My MRI showed ligamentum flavum redundancy. What is this in lay terms?

My MRI showed ligamentum flavum redundancy. What is this in lay terms?

Support: the ligametum flavin are thick "yellow" ligaments that add support for the spine. They may thicken as we age or streets them. If you are not having symptoms then most leave them. But with pain and symptoms they can cause a narrowing of the spinal canal ...Read more

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What is diffuse disc bulge, central protrusion with annular fissure, ligamentum flavum thickening?

What is diffuse disc bulge, central protrusion with annular fissure, ligamentum flavum thickening?

Aging changes: MRI results of the spine often sound terrible, when in fact they represent what we already know....that you are over 45 and your back hurts. What you really want to know from MRI results is if there are any abnormalities which correspond to your specific location and type of pain, which are likely to benefit from having surgery. Speak to your surgeon about his or her interpretation of the films ...Read more

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What is diffuse disc bulge, central and right foraminal/extraforaminal protrusions, ligamentum flavum thickening?

What is diffuse disc bulge, central and right foraminal/extraforaminal protrusions, ligamentum flavum thickening?

Changes in the spine: As gravity wields its unwavering downward and compressive force against the soft tissue components of our spine many of us begin to experience the MRI findings you cited.These include bulging of the cushions or discs, protrusion of disc material into the center of the spine and sides and thickening of some of the compressed ligaments. Thus extension based exercise & core strengthening are advised. ...Read more

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In laymen term what is "there is left t-2-t3 and t3-t-4 facet disease and ligamentum flavum prominence that affects the postlateral margin of calsac?

In laymen term what is "there is left t-2-t3 and t3-t-4 facet disease and ligamentum flavum prominence that affects the postlateral margin of calsac?

Facet changes: The facet joints are positioned in the spine like wheels of a tricycle. The front wheel is the disc, the facets the two smaller wheels in back. In the center, seat area, is the spinal cord. Arthritic changes cause the facet joints to narrow or spur, and the sheet of ligament near them to thicken. In a single word, this indicates "arthritis.". ...Read more

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