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How necessary is it to take a MRI when x Ray has been done to see reverse lordosis & possible herniated disc in cervical spine?

How necessary is it to take a MRI when x Ray has been done to see reverse lordosis & possible herniated disc in cervical spine?

Different tests: Plain X-rays of the spine only show bones structure, an MRI is needed if you are looking for soft tissue pathology like a herniated disk. ...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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Every disc n my cervical spine is herniated, can't take the pain anymore, pain dr says no more "lysis tx's", had 2 many..What is something else close ?

Every disc n my cervical spine is herniated, can't take the pain anymore, pain dr says no more "lysis tx's", had 2 many..What is something else close ?

Where is your pain?: What does lysis trx mean, epidural lysis of adjesions or rf ablation of facet iinnervation? Cervical disc herniations cause arm pain generally how many is too many? Its good to abandon failed treatments and move on to next suspected pain generator theory it is unlikely that all disc herniations are similtaneously symptomatic too many targets to be effective. ...Read more

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If you where my doctor, would you give me permission to go to a fitness center with 3 herniated disc in my cervical? As i said I have 3 herniated disc in cervical.I have a possible torn labrum in right shoulder.I was injured in sept of 2011.I had physical

If you where my doctor, would you give me permission to go to a fitness center with 3 herniated disc in my cervical? As i said I have 3 herniated disc in cervical.I have a possible torn labrum in right shoulder.I was injured in sept of 2011.I had physical

I : I am glad that you are trying to improve your general health condition. Gentle exercises can typically be performed by patients with other debilitating conditions. This should help your conditioning and help you overall. It is impossible to say if it could be held against you in your workers comp case. ...Read more

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I have 4 herniated disc in my cervical vertebrea, at 70 do I get surgery orlive in pain.?

Non-surgical Rx: Surgery or pain are not the only options. There are non-surgical treatments for herniated disc and a doctor should be able to provide pain relief while you explore non-surgical options or minimally invasive surgical option with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do cervical disc herniations heal and does the foramen clear itself of the herniated disc material, if so over what time frame?

Do cervical disc herniations heal and does the foramen clear itself of the herniated disc material, if so over what time frame?

Rarely: Discs do reabsorb or retract over time but this is over a prolonged period. If the nerve is injured and there is radiculopathy you will likely lose function over time. It is best to be evaluated and followed closely ...Read more

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What is a cervical bilobed herniated disc?

Parse the words: Cervical = neck. Herniated = out of normal anatomic location. Disc = cartilage located between adjacent vertebrae. Bilobed = two separate bulges protruding from the disc. ...Read more

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Is a Broad based cervical disc bulge the same thing as a herniated disc. I keep seeing it called a broad based disc herniation online.

Is a Broad based cervical disc bulge the same thing as a herniated disc. I keep seeing it called a broad based disc herniation online.

Not exactly: A disc bulge may not be a herniation. Both can possibly impinge on the cord and the nerves. They are not related to your scleritis or your red puffy feet . More importantly does the disc bulge call Aide with any neurologic changes you have. These are things to discuss with your physician ...Read more

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I have a cervical fusion at C3,4,5. I have a herniation at C5-6. How would the herniated disc be fixed? Would it be connected to my current fusion?

I have a cervical fusion at C3,4,5. I have a herniation at C5-6. How would the herniated disc be fixed? Would it be connected to my current fusion?

Adjacent Fusion: If you have a herniated disc at a level near your current fusion the new disc can be treated with a fusion that would connect with the other fusion. There are also new modern devices which allow us to do this without removing the plate from your previous surgery. ...Read more

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Can cervical spondylosis or a pinched nerve or a herniated disc cause a discomfort or pain to the touch at the back of the head? If yes, why?

Can cervical spondylosis or a pinched nerve or a herniated disc cause a discomfort or pain to the touch at the back of the head? If yes, why?

Nerve pain: Yes any of these can if there is pressure on the nerve. This causes the nerve to malfunction so that touch, cold, heat, pressure feel very different and can be very painful. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


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