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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?

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 the best position to tell if these findings corelate with your symptoms. See a neurologist. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Depends: Grade I L5S1 spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis- no intervention needed if no referable symptoms. Otherwise, physical exam including neurologic function to rule out neurologic deficits. With no referable significant deficit, physical therapy is usually a good start. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is a bone spur or if it is a bulging disc that is impinging a nerve root? I have both with moderate foraminal stenosis in C6/7

How do I know if it is a bone spur or if it is a bulging disc that is impinging a nerve root?  I have both with moderate foraminal stenosis in C6/7

The CT/MRI CAN TELL: A compression of a nerve root in the neck can be caused by different problems; generally the imaging studies can determine the specific reason. The CT is better at defining bony contours and can generally tell if a spur is compressing a nerve (or not). The MRI is better at defining soft tissue contours and would be able to determine if a disc (soft tissue) is compressing a nerve. ...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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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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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 an 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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I was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis almost 3 years ago. Now with second mri, diagnosed with cervical stenosis with bulging disc. How bad is it?

Depends: You can have mild, moderate, severe, or critical stenosis. It depends on your symptoms and whether it is compressing your spinal cord excessively whether you need surgery. ...Read more

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MRI=C3-4 disc herniation stenosis ap 0.7cm c4-5 c5-6 bulging disc w impression on anterior thecal sac? Loss normal lordotic curvature? What are risks?

What are symptoms: What the risks are of not treating those anatomical findings depends on and what your symptoms are. The spinal stenosis is of more concern as it may lead to a more severe neurological deficient and the potential for permanent damage a concern. If there are no symptoms, the risks may be less. In any event, the best talk to you Doctor. ...Read more

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Body hurts constantly. Bulging disc in neck, lumbar hypertrophic disease, beginnings of spinal stenosis. How to ease pain without narcotics?

Body hurts constantly. Bulging disc in neck, lumbar hypertrophic disease, beginnings of spinal stenosis. How to ease pain without narcotics?

Physical therapy, ice, Arnica.: Physical therapy exercises, including stretching exercises, may be very helpful. Ice applications to the area may decrease pain as well. Arnica is a natural anti-inflammatory that may also give you some relief. Acupuncture, massage, meditation our other conservative approaches that may help you. Spine injections can also be an option. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc and lumbar spinal stenosis. I have a bad lower back tattoo that needs to be covered. Can getting it cause any damage?

Not necessarily : Need more data on your general health not see a reason no to cover it depending on how you will treat the lumbar stenosis If planning possible surgery ...Read more

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Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis, Herniated disc, Bulging disc?

Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis, Herniated disc, Bulging disc?

Nothing permanent: Activity can affect these diseases but usually for the better. Exercise helps the problems but only a little.
Bulging discs are rarely symptomatic so have at it. ...Read more

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Cervical stenosis, disc bulge, foraminal narrowing. Could this cause ongoing chest and shoulder pain? Normal nuke stress, echo 2 yrs, plain ex. 7/12.

Cervical stenosis, disc bulge, foraminal narrowing. Could this cause ongoing chest and shoulder pain? Normal nuke stress, echo 2 yrs, plain ex. 7/12.

Potentially: One way to describe "foramina stenosis" is a pinched nerve and this can potentially cause neck pain headaches, and pain running into the shoulder. It is good you had your heart checked into as well. Sometimes we will use a nerve block which can be helpful both therapeutically and diagnostically. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Just diag congenital spinal stenosis. Bulging disc at c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c65-6. Hern disc at c6-7, t10-11, l4-5. How serious is it short and long term?

Just diag congenital spinal stenosis. Bulging disc at c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c65-6. Hern disc at c6-7, t10-11, l4-5. How serious is it short and long term?

Depends on symptoms: Congenital stenosis is narrowing of the space for the spinal cord in your neck that you were born with. If you have no nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling, weakness, hand clumsiness, unsteady walking) just be careful; avoid situations that could lead to injuring your neck (and spinal cord): climbing ladders, running yellow lights, having obstacles around to trip over. If you do have these see a doc. ...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

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My MRI states that I have 2 bulging disc at L3-4 and L5-S1 and moderate spinal stenosis at L4-5 narrowing the thecal sac to 8.7 mm. What does it mean?

Non-specific: 24y female has reported unilateral sciatica 4 weeks post-delivery & MRI shows "spinal canal stenosis" L-4/5 & "disc bulges" lumbar regions. MRI report does not explain symptoms; disc bulges oft seen in asymptomatic people. More likely birthing injured pelvic sacroiliac joint, now hyper mobile & impinging presacral plexus. Was excessive trendelenberg posture forced while had epidural anesthesia? ...Read more

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Mri c-spine w/o contrast on 02-14-2013. Impression: mild left foraminal narrowing c2-c3. Disc ridge complexes c3-c4 through c6-c7 without central stenosis as described. Mild disc bulge c7-t1.

Spondylosis: The report describes cervical spondylosis, degeneration of the neck portion of the spine. The abnormalities may or may not be causing symptoms. Your doctor should see if those findings correlate with your story (the history) and your examination. From the description I might think you have neck pain or stiffness without symptoms in your arms. ...Read more

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My husband is scheduled to have a c3-t1 acfd due t spinal stenosis and bulging disk. Can this many levels be complicated and dangerous?

My husband is scheduled to have a c3-t1 acfd due t spinal stenosis and bulging disk. Can this many levels be complicated and dangerous?

Yes it can.: All types of surgery can involve risk and potential complications. Choosing a skilled expert is important. When the best procedure is properly selected, planned and performed by him/her then a very successful outcome can be achieved. ...Read more

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Treatment recommendations for spinal stenosis combined with 4 bulging disk in lower lumbar?

Verify actually caus: Verify that is actually causing the symptoms. Are there specific objective neurologic findings? ...Read more

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Hello, really scared, looking for answers ....... My mri reads L4-L5 moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing due to disk bulging and facet hypertrophy. No central stenosis ....... I was told by my DR via x rays I have spondylothesis about 25 percent ....

Hello, really scared, looking for answers ....... My mri reads L4-L5 moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing due to disk bulging and facet hypertrophy. No central stenosis ....... I was told by my DR via x rays I have spondylothesis about 25 percent ....

See answer: Spondylolisthesis is a forward slippage of the 5th(usually)Lumbar vertebra. It is the most common cause of persistent back pain in young people. Each vertebra is connected to adjacent vertebra by two "bridges" of bone. In spondylolisthesis both bridges are fractured. Treatment is conservative unless there is persistent pain or progressive slippage. **See comments below ...Read more

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I'm 19 and I have bilateral recess stenosis because of disc bulge. What does bilater recess stenosis mean? Can it be treated or cured?

I'm 19 and I have bilateral recess stenosis because of disc bulge. What does bilater recess stenosis mean? Can it be treated or cured?

Too young for it..: It means narrowing of nerve passage. If you had MRI.....it over reads. For your age.....PT, Weight loss and exercise...yoga will solve the problem.........cure,?. ...Read more

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I have severe stenosis at L4-L5 two bulging discs at L4-L5 & L-5-S-1, ddd. I have started noticing that area feels hot to the touch. Ideas?

Unusual: The presence of heat over the area is an unusual complaint, even in someone with severe stenosis. I would probably be seen and examined, in part to make sure you have not developed some form of infectious process somewhere; particularly if you have had any invasive spinal procedures such as an epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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How do I treat spinal stenosis and 3 bulging discs without surgery effectively?

/Do nothing : Usually if found by imaging may be an incidental finding if seen for back pain without any stenosis symptoms ie leg pain or numbness/tingling with standing/walking & better sitting or bending over- otherwise you may just have mechanical back pain that will do ok with exercise, weight control, avoiding tobacco and good sleep habits. The same can said for stenosis with +/-meds & epidural shots. ...Read more

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What does L2-L3 mild disc desiccation without significant stenosis and disc desiccation with mild disc bulge mean?

Degenerative changes: As we age, motion and loading in the spine will begin to wear down the discs, and they get dry (desiccation) shrink top, to,bottom and bulge as the outer rings waken in the disc. Generally it means you need to strengthen your core muscles, lose weight, stand straighter, exercise more to help ease your back pain. ...Read more

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I have multilevel central canal stenosis as well as multilevel severe foraminal narrowing and disc extrusion surgery inevitable?

I have multilevel central canal stenosis as well as multilevel severe foraminal narrowing and disc extrusion surgery inevitable?

Most likely. my wife: -had similar & epidural steroids bought her some time, about 5 years, but later got worse & had surgery. My brother had it & waited until he had so much muscle weakness, that his result was not good (he=orthopedic surgeon also). Have confidence in the spine surgeon U choose, B sure fellowship trained. ...Read more

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I have 3 bulging discs in L-3-4-5, spinal stenosis and disk degeneration. I have twiching in my calfs off and on, is it caused from my back issues?

I have 3 bulging discs in L-3-4-5, spinal stenosis and disk degeneration. I have twiching in my calfs off and on, is it caused from my back issues?

Perhaps: Bulging discs in and of themselves do not cause neuropathic or myalgic symptoms unless they compress specific nerves and/or central nervous system structures. If you already had an MRI, presumably that was ordered by your physician to help assess these symptoms, and having a discussion regarding the results would be appropriate. ...Read more

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How do you treat a combination of cervical bone spurs, stenosis, moderately bulging discs and occluding foramina that are leading to significant pain?

How do you treat a combination of cervical bone spurs, stenosis, moderately bulging discs and occluding foramina that are leading to significant pain?

Conservative: Treatment consists of antiinflammatories, physical therapy, traction, accupuncture, rest. If nothing is working pain management will consider epidurals. Last resort is surgical. ...Read more

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Just found out I have ostephyte complex in c2-c4. Also, congenial stenosis at c2-c3, and t1-t2 disc bulge. What help is available.

Cervical spine issue: Without knowing the exact severity of the findings and the symptoms it's difficult to direct you. You are 29yrs so I would assume its not severe. So we usually start with PT, exercise program etc... ...Read more

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Does Broad based diffused disc osteopyte complex of c5-6 w/o spinal or foraminal stenosis w/ mild effacement of the ventral CSF cause severe pain?

Does Broad based diffused disc osteopyte complex of c5-6 w/o spinal or foraminal stenosis w/ mild effacement of the ventral CSF cause severe pain?

Depends: Everyone is different. Many people have radiologic findings of severe spinal stenosis without symptoms and vice versa-so there's not so much of a correlation between back pain and radiologic findings. ...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


Dr. Bradford Patt
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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