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Cranial Cervical Instability
What would cause cervical spondylosis, central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?
Can cervical radiculopathy and intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy, cervical region cause bladder problems?"
Please explain.Spinal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis, inferior cervical spine due to posteriordisc osteophyten complex formation, uncovertebral?
Pinched nerve: Cervical spondylosis is arthritis in the neck. Foraminal stenosis means narrowing of the space where the nerves exit the spinal canal, in this case caused by bone spurs from arthritis. After they leave the neck these nerves form the three major nerves of the arm, controlling feeling and movement. Stenosis can cause pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the arm or hand. High grade = severe. ...Read more
Encroachment: Any condition limiting space for the nerves causes encroachment. A herniated disc would cause encroachment. A bone spur would also cause. Encroachment does not imply pressure, or severity, or the presence of symptoms. ...Read more
Facial Numbness: Causes of numbness in the face the facial nerve, which is cranial nerve vii, controls facial expression with 7 thousand individual nerve fibers to the facial muscles. Many disorders, conditions and diseases can interrupt the function of the nerve fibers and cause numbness. ...Read more
Cord compression due: To disc issue in the neck region usually with degenerative disc disease ; a small spinal canal diameter. Prior history of neck injury can accelerate degenerative changes ; smokers accelerate this rate 4x over a nonsmoker. A herniated large disc can cause a myelopathy which is cord compression but it is most often associated with degeneration leading to a too narrow spinal canal for the cord. ...Read more
Lateral cervical spine, Loss of normal cervical lordosis. Evidence of spondylotic changes C5/6 with posterior osteophyte formation?
If no pain no worry: If no symptoms in terms of pain or neurologic symptoms or findings, don't worry unless physician believes that the spine has an instability then you would need surgery. Otherwise, the spine can change its alignment due to degeneration or due to muscular issues or even related to disc herniation or spinal stenosis. If those are causing symptoms you treat them, not how the spine lines up ! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can cervical and thoracic issues (including levoconvex scoliosis) lead to repetitive rotator cuff tears?
NO: no relationship of your spine to rotator cuff- tears are common with age ...Read more
Can be: ? Whether cervical scoliosis, arthritis & lumbar DDD are related to fibromyalgia, FM. One of the multiple co-factors seemingly co-causal of FM is global muscle atrophy & weakness, leading to widespread myalgia & tender points in spastic muscles repetitively stressed/injured by gravitational forces. Painful skeletal derangements can incite sedentariness with loss of muscle mass/tone. Gravity Rules. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MRI of my Cervical Spine
There is disc degenerative changes with associated impingement of the thecal sac , exit neuroforaminal encroachment.
MRI result?: So- what does this mean? It is common for MRI of the c-spine to show degenerative changes. Impingement of the thecal sac is not normally concerning. It is unclear what is meant by "exit neuroforaminal encroachment". Was there encroachment or not? If it is there, this normally means nerve root encroachment, which can cause symptoms that affect the arms. ...Read more