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Degenerative Disc Disease Of The Thoracolumbar Spine And Obesity
Could an untreated compression fracture in the mid-thoracic spine ultimately lead to degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine?
No: No way to conmect the two.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
YES: Degenerative disk "disease" is a misnomer. This is not a disease but rather describes the normal age related processes that occur to our disks. These changes include disk dehydration, disk bulging / protrosions/ herniations, and disk space narrowing. These processes can be visualized nicely with an MRI scan and sometimes can be inferred by an xray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Multilevel disc and joint arthrosis ostephytosis and sclerosis in lumbar spine and neck. Hills sachs with joint narrowing shoulder. What dr to see?
Multi joint pain: i would first see a rheumatologist to evaluate you for a potential inflammatory arthritic process. ...Read more
Possibly: Degenerative disc disease is essentially aging or wearing out of the discs. Degenerative changes can also affect the spine (bones itself) and aging/wearing out changes can also occur in the joints of the neck. Xrays can help separate out where the degenerative changes are ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It could be: It depends on your symptoms. Keep your doctor informed. ...Read more
Degenerative changes to the thoracolumbar spine including the costovertebral joints. Could someone explain?
These are most : Likely normal age related changes that can be accelerated by being obese, a smoker or having a family history of arthritis. Generally, these are more apparent in men v women at an earlier age but more prevalent as we enter middle age with this increasing with age. Most do not have symptoms. ...Read more
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
What is degenerative sacroiliac changes with vacuum phenomenon in SI joints, spurs anteriorly and sclerosis, also have thoracic bone spurs and fusion?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does the scheuermann's disease cause disk herniation on the lumbar and kyphotic? And What does cause generally a disk herniation?
Yes: scheuermann's disease in an exagerated kyphosis. this "uneveness" in the spine will contribute to disk herniation. A disk herniation occurs when a disk loses it's water content, believed to be due to ongoing friction/trauma, it appears that some are more genetically prone to disk herniation. ...Read more
Degenerative changes seen throughout the thoracic spine w disc space narrowing & osteophyte formation. + compression deformity of T12. In pain! Help!
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