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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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Osteophyte (Definition)

Osteophyte is also known as Bone spurs. An ostophyte is often referred 2 as a spur. In thritis as in the knee the body knows u have pain so 2 try 2 lower the #/sg in of pressure it layes more bone down 2 increase the wt bearing surface, wee c these as osteophytes, same with the hands and feet. In the foot usually the great toe. It is soft bone so a hard bump 2 them and lead 2 a small fx of ...Read more


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What does an MRI with a large posterior disc osteophyte complex that effaces the ventral CSF and flattens left hemi-cord diameter of 6mm mean?

What does an MRI with a large posterior disc osteophyte complex that effaces the ventral CSF and flattens left hemi-cord diameter of 6mm mean?

Arthritis in neck: Due to osteo arthritis of facet joints of vertebral bodies and thinning and herniation of disc backwards, there can be compression of spinal cord. Its significance depends on the symptoms and signs on examination of patient. See a neurologist or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What does it mean when MRI report say c4c5 facet arthrosis and posterior disc osteophyte complex resulting in mild effacement of the thecal sac?

What does it mean when MRI report say c4c5 facet arthrosis  and posterior disc osteophyte complex resulting in mild effacement of the thecal sac?

Back trouble!: Depends on your symptoms whether just a finding or a cause of trouble. C- is cervical-neck 4-5 of the usual C1-7! Osteophytes are bony prominences from arthritis and changes. Thecal is sac around nerves and cord. ...Read more

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What does this mean..there is degeneration of the t12/l1 with a posterior disc osteophyte displacing the conus medullaris posteriorly?

What does this mean..there is degeneration of the t12/l1 with a posterior disc osteophyte displacing the conus medullaris posteriorly?

There is : degenerative arthritic change at the T12-L1 spinal level, the junction of the thoracic and lumbar spine. Disc protrusion or bulge and osteophyte(arthritic bony overgrowth) are extending into the spinal canal and pushing or compressing the conus(the lower part of the spinal cord). ...Read more

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Mildannular bulges with broad based posterior disc protrusion from C4-5 to C6-7 levels indenting thecal sac without significant nerve root compression?

Age Appropriate: These are age appropriate degenerative findings on MRI. Does not indicate any treatment is needed. We don't treat MRI, we treat the patient. So if you are having symptoms, you spine specialist will examine you, and review your images, and reach a diagnosis of what is actually causing your symptoms, and then direct treatment to those pathologies. Goodluck. ...Read more

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Back pain for 10 months. MRI last week showed, mild broad-based posterior disc protrusion at l5-s1 but no nerve root comprression.Whats best treatment?

More info. needed: I often tell my patients the following. If I (metaphorically) pull 10 people off the street, at random, who don't have back related problems, and have them get an MRI of their lumbar spine, > 5 of the 10 will have 1 or small 'imperfections' in their disc appearance(s). In your case the strong probability is that the noted finding on your MRI has no relationship to the cause of your back pain. ...Read more

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Broad based disc osteophyte complexes at levels c3-c7, efface the dural sac.Mild reversal of curvature.Conservative treatment hasn't helped..Severe pain? Please help! only 28yo. Ultrasound tech.

Injections w/ PT: Sorry to hear about your pain. If conservative treatment had already failed, i would consider epidural steroid injections along with physical therapy. It may free you up to get more out of pt. Avoid high velocity manipulation w those osteophytes. Also avoid surgery as long as possible. If epidural does not help at all, may be facet related, blocks with subsequent rfa may benefit from well. ...Read more

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Bone Spurs (Definition)

Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are bony projections that form along joints, and are often seen in conditions such as arthritis. Bone spurs are largely responsible for limitations in joint motion ...Read more


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