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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

A condition that cccurs when the normal "spongy" structure of the discs (the cushions between the vertebrae in the spine) degenerates, causing ...Read more


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Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain relief. Core strengthening is very important. Surgery may be needed if all else fails. A good physical exam, history, and review of various imaging studies go into deciding what surgery you may need. Please keep us updated. ...Read more

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Symptoms of Intervertebral disc displacement lumbar w/o myelopathy?

Symptoms of  Intervertebral disc displacement lumbar w/o myelopathy?

And the question IS?: I'm afraid your question mark should really be a comma if anything. I'm not catching your drift. Are you asking for a list of symptoms associated with IVD disease without myelopathy....or if one could even exist without the other? Perhaps, you're copying something out of a report? Revamp your question and send through again. ...Read more

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Are degenerative disc disease and disc space narrowing the same thing?

Are degenerative disc disease and disc space narrowing the same thing?

Not really: I wouldn't say the terms are interchangeable, but certainly degenerative disc disease can be seen as disc space narrowing as described on xrays and other imaging. ...Read more

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MRI of my Cervical Spine There is disc degenerative changes with associated impingement of the thecal sac , exit neuroforaminal encroachment.



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

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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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Is this serious? Hypertrophic degenerative findings of endplates and lower lumbar facet joints bilaterally

Is this serious?
Hypertrophic degenerative findings of endplates and lower lumbar facet joints bilaterally

Osteoarthritis: These findings indicate the presence of osteoarthritis of the spine caused by wear and tear and this is a common disorder of the spine. This is not a life threatening condition although chronic back discomfort may be seen from the osteoarthritis. Morning back stiffness is a common complaint with degenerative arthritis of the spine. ...Read more

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Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

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Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

Maybe: Cervical radiculopathy can arise from various causes that pinch a nerve in the neck. A disk herniation is a common cause. Other causes include bone spurs that form over time that narrow the hole through which the nerves exit the spine. ...Read more

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Are cervical levoscoliosis, arthritis, lumbar degenerative discs and fibromyalgia related?

Are cervical levoscoliosis, arthritis, lumbar degenerative discs and fibromyalgia related?

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 more

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What is "djd" of thoracic spine?

What is "djd" of thoracic spine?

Some kind of: Arthritis, the common type of arthritis effect the bod, usually wear and tear process, some get more than other have many factors involved in it. ...Read more

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Are degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same?

Are degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same?

No: Degenerative disc disease is a mislabeling as it is a description used for the natural aging process of the discs. This degeneration can lead to inflammation which is what arthritis is, an inflammation of a joint. Not all degenerative joints are arthritic. ...Read more

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"Facet enlargement in the lower lumbar spine and multilevel degen disc narrowing.There is foraminal stenosis, greatest on the r side @ L4-L5" Meaning?

"Facet enlargement in the lower lumbar spine and multilevel degen disc narrowing.There is foraminal stenosis, greatest on the r side @ L4-L5" Meaning?

These findings are: all part of the spectrum of degenerative arthritis. The facets are small joints between the posterior parts of successive vertebral bodies. Foraminal stenosis means that the opening(foramen) that the nerve root exits the spinal canal through is narrowed, usually by degenerative disease, and may be pinching the nerve root, in your case the right L4 nerve root exiting the L4-L5 foramen. ...Read more

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What is intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy lumbar region?

Nonsensical: The spinal cord ends at about l-2, and most common disc issues are present at l4-5, and l-5-s-1. In order for a disc to affect the spinal cord, we are talking about a problem in the lower thoracic spine, or a rather unusual high lumbar disc fragment, perhaps. Myelopathy means involvement of spinal cord, so are we really using the term incorrectly here? Ask your doc about this. ...Read more

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What are the differences between cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment?

What are the differences between cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment?

Semantics: A ruptured disc is indicative of a tear in the annulus fibrosis which contains a gelatinous substance, and the rupture sticks out beyond a few mm. If the disc rupture is large enough, it could contact nerve roots or even the spinal cord, and as it gets closer, it is termed encroachment. ...Read more

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What exactly are Lumbar Spondylosis and Herniated Disc Disease?

What exactly are Lumbar Spondylosis and Herniated Disc Disease?

See below : Lumbar spondylysis just essentially refers to the development of degernerstive changes within the spine. A herniated disc is a condition in which a part of the inner portion of the disc has displaced out through the outer portion of the disc into the nerve canal. Don't hesitate to discuss with your doctor. It is sometimes easier to understand by looking at the MRI images themselves. ...Read more

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Difference between herniated discs, nerve compression, radiculopathy, sciatica, spinal stenosis, spondylosis and osteoarthritis. I get various diagnosis?

Difference between herniated discs, nerve compression, radiculopathy, sciatica, spinal stenosis, spondylosis and osteoarthritis. I get various diagnosis?

It may be that you : Have them all as everyone ages so by 49 as a male, there are degenerative or arthritis changes in the spine termed spondylosis. By age 60, 20% have some narrowing or stenosis of the spinal canal. Disc herniation can lead to it too all resulting in nerve compression which can cause arm/leg symptoms termed a radiculopathy or in leg also known as a sciatica. ...Read more

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With degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, buldging discs lumbar and cervical regions, synovial cyst posterior lumbar region in spine, continueum spasms, the need of surgery is the option as of now. I have been through all treatme

With degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, buldging discs lumbar and cervical regions, synovial cyst posterior lumbar region in spine, continueum spasms, the need of surgery is the option as of now. I have been through all treatme

Unsure of question: Most surgeons exhaust non-operative care before recommending surgery. Non-operative care can include medications (anti-infammatory arthritis type medicine or pain medications), physical therapy, activity modification, exercise, bracing, chiropractic care, interventional pain management (injections), or alternative medical approaches. ...Read more

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Degenerative changes of the lumbar spine with moderately severe narrowing of L4 L5 neural foramina?

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Degenerative changes of the lumbar spine with moderately severe narrowing of L4 L5 neural foramina?

Spine degeneration: You may already know this, but degeneration simply refers to aging changes in the spine which occur in all of us - disc narrowing and dessication, spinal joint arthritis, bone spurs, etc. The significance of narrowed foramina (also caused by aging changes) is that nerves can get pinched in the area of narrowing, and pinched nerves can result in leg pain. Talk to your doc about treatment options. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more