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Doctor insights on: Intervertebral Disc Degeneration

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Spinal Disc (Definition)

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


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Had neck MRI final result said DEGENERATION OF CERVICAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISC OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYMPTOMS REFERABLE TO LIMBS what does this mean?

Had neck MRI final result said DEGENERATION OF CERVICAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISC
OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYMPTOMS REFERABLE TO LIMBS what does this mean?

Degeneration: basically mean arthritic changes at the disc space. As for the other part of the statement about musculoskeletal symptoms, I'm not sure what it means in the context of an MRI report. It is referencing symptoms, not MRI findings. ...Read more

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What is intervertebral disc syndrome?

What is intervertebral disc syndrome?

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

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Any way to increase thickness of intervertebral disc ?

Any way to increase thickness of intervertebral disc ?

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

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What is cause of a prolapsed intervertebral disc?

What is cause of a prolapsed intervertebral disc?

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

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What is bulging intervertebral disc with sac effacement en l-5s1?

What is bulging intervertebral disc with sac effacement en l-5s1?

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

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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?

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?

See a doctor: First things first- find out the exact cause for the pain. Then let the doctor advise you what the best treatments available for the problem. ...Read more

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What is tissue located in the intervertebral disc?

Cartilage: It is cartilage. It is made up of tough outer wall called annulus fibrosis, and soft inner tissue called nucleus pulposis. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me the parts of an intervertebral disc?

Intervertebral disc: The disc is composed of a central nuclear material composed of proteoglycans and surrounded by layered connective tissue arranged in alternating bias plys known as the anulus fibrosis. The last component are the cartilagenous endplates that are attached to the boney vertebral bodies that are located above and below each disc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: intervertebral disc?

Cushion: Our vertebral column is comprised of vertebrae which are separated by discs which provide a cushioning effect. The disc contains a gelatinous substance surrounded by a fibrous net to contain. Over time, may rupture, dry out, or deteriorate, but may last a lifetime. ...Read more

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Lv3-lv4 and lv4-lv5 intervertebral disc levels causing narrowing of both lateral recesses along with compression of exiting of nerve roots.

Lv3-lv4 and lv4-lv5 intervertebral disc levels causing narrowing of both lateral recesses along with compression of exiting of nerve roots.

See spine specialist: I would get an evaluation from a spine surgeon, either orthopaedic or neurosurgeon. They can evaluate you properly and treat you with either therapy, epidural injections or other surgical procedures. Treatment of a back problem before it gets too bad is a prudent idea. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a mild intervertebral disc space narrowing at the t11/12 level?

Nothing: Probably means nothing and was read by a radiologist who knows nothing about you. Mri scans in 100 people your age will show ' something abnormal' in a disc space about 40-50% of the time.See your md if you are otherwise concerned .! ...Read more

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What does loss of intervertebral disc height and right sided broad -based disc bulge mean? thankyou.

What does loss of intervertebral disc height and right sided broad -based disc bulge mean? thankyou.

Just an IMAGE: MRI is just an image. It is done to confirm a clinical diagnosis. Is it normal? No. Does it matter? It depends on the reason why your doctor referred you for this study. And it is sure NOT a reason to get upset. ...Read more

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Circumferential disc bulges with posterior central annular tear at lv3-lv4 and lv4-lv5 intervertebral disc levels causing narrowing of both lateral re?

Symptoms?: These findings may or may not be responsible for your symptoms which are not listed but presumed to be pain. Your doctor will correlate these findings with your symptoms and physical exam to help identify the pain generator as best as possible after which time a directed treatment plan can be formulated. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Intervertebral Disc (Definition)

Our vertebral column is comprised of vertebrae which are separated by discs which provide a cushioning effect. The disc contains a gelatinous substance surrounded by a fibrous net to contain. Over time, may rupture, dry out, or deteriorate, but ...Read more