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What causes a fused cervical vertebrae?

What causes a fused cervical vertebrae?

Fusion: A cervical vertebra can fuse for many reasons. They can be that way from birth (congenital) They can occasionally fuse from long term disc collapse (spondylosis) Or they can be fused with a surgical procedure (cervical fusion surgery). ...Read more

Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more


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Can there be a pillow that can help with degenerative changes at cervical vertebrae?

Many pillow promises: I have degenerative changes in my neck. Different things are going to work for different people. Learning to sleep on your back is the best thing to do. I was a stomach sleeper and had to learn back/side sleeping. Then you need o find a pillow that fits your body to keep your neck straight at night. I use a memory foam neck pillow, but your needs will depend on your body. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cervical and lumbar vertebrae?

Location location: Do you mean besides location, size and amount of motion they have? ...Read more

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Can you please explain what is an abscess on your neck? By the cervical Vertebrae.?

An abcess is: a collection of pus. It doesn't matter where it is. The location just may make it more difficult to treat as it may be harder to drain ... ...Read more

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My daughters mri showed “focal central fluid signal intensity in the cervical cord at the c5 vertebral body level” , what does that mean?

Most likely a-: -syrinx (sp). Can be symptomatic. Way 2 much 2 answer here. I recommend that you Google it & read up about them. Both treatment as well as diagnosis. ...Read more

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Please Help!!! My neck hurts on the back, kinda like where my cervical vertebrae is when I touch it it's uncomfortable, should I be concerned???

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Please Help!!! My neck hurts on the back, kinda like where my cervical vertebrae is when I touch it it's uncomfortable, should I be concerned???

Hurting neck: What did you do to get that hurt? Fracture? Abscess? Strain? Better see your primary care doctor about this soon. May need an x-ray or CT or MRI. ...Read more

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Cspine MRI : 1 :cervical degenerative disease 2 : vague area of marrow hypointensity in the several vertebral bodies of questionable etiology ?

A"typical" read: A fairly typical standard radiology report that i will get from a radiologist on someone presenting with neck pain who is middle aged or older with marrow changes more than likely being non descript but in the presence of a cancer history or with pain that does not change with activity or affects sleep or associated with weight loss, appetite loss or feeling general malaise, needs to be worked up. ...Read more

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I was asked to go for a.P.& lateral of the cervical spine. The result was that cervical spine is normal.Spondylotic changes are seen in vertebrae?

I was asked to go for a.P.& lateral  of the cervical spine.   The result was that  cervical spine is normal.Spondylotic  changes are seen in vertebrae?

Spondylosis: Spondylosis or spondylitic changes are difficult names for arthritis or early degenerative changes in the spine. Very typical, and early on, rarely responsible for pain as they are normal sign of getting older (sorry!). ...Read more

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What joints can be found at the top of the cervical vertebrae?

Axis, atlas: and the occiput http://www.physio-pedia.com/Cervical_Instability#Clinically_Relevant_Anatomy

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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