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Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
I have been diagnosed with intervertebral disc degeneration, i had a bone density scan this morning on my back/hips, what is dr looking for?
Spinal discs are located between the vertebrae (blocks of bone) of the spine (expect the upper 2). They act like shock absorbers and are also important in allowing our spines to be flexible. They have a tough outer rim made of strong fibers and a fleshier shock-absorbing tissue in the center. These "shocks" can wear out with routine life activities, age and injuries. They can ...Read more
Is it common for a 29 yr old to have thoracic spondylosis without myelopathy and degeneration of lumbosacral intervertebral disc issues? Treatment?
Not very common: not very common in my experience. Any hx. of trauma? Otherwise, typically conservative tx. PT, etc. ...Read more
Had neck MRI final result said DEGENERATION OF CERVICAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISC
OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYMPTOMS REFERABLE TO LIMBS what does this mean?
IDS: As you age the vertebral discs shrink a bit. The center is a jelly like material and its surrounded by a tough 'sack' of tissue. The jelly center can rupture , sometimes with trauma, and the contents can press on nerve roots. O, the shrinking alone can cause pressure on nerve roots. An MRI can generally tell you whats going on. Sounds like you could have all the above. ...Read more
Disc Height: The spinal discs are avascular, meaning they lack direct blood supply. Nutrition of the discs occurs with passive flow of fluids from the bones into the disc across the cartilage endplates during times of rest, as during recumbancy. The discs therefore increase in height every night and slowly lose height during the day with upright activity. No options to augment this process currently exist. ...Read more
Nornal Aging: Disc prolapse, bulging, and herniation are part of normal aging and having one doesn't mean you you will have pain or disability. About 50% of asymptomatic individuals (without history of low back pain) aged 20-39 have bulging discs and about 21% have ruptured discs in their lumbar spine (low back). ...Read more
Bulging disc: The disc at the l5-s1 level is bulging and causing pressure on the spinal sack, but not causing nerve compression. Most of this type of findings on MRI are asymptomatic or possibly a cause of back pain. Core strengthening, pain management, and rarely surgery can improve symptoms. ...Read more
What compromises intervertebral disc integrity more- shearing (side to side) forces or vertical pressure?
Both: Both forces can lead to disk problems. ...Read more
Spine problems it hurst badbly when I bend down? I googled it and found that it migh be intervertebral disc. How do I treat this? What should I do?
Two parts: On the outside is the annulus fibrosis, the. ...Read more
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