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Loss Of The Normal Cervical Lordosis
Lordosis: Normally the neck area, or cervical spine, has a curve where the middle part bends out toward the front of the body. The xray here shows a loss of some of that normal curve. Losing this curve can be caused by many things including poor posture, neck muscle strain or osteoporosis. The most common cause is muscle strain often from bending over a computer. A chiropractor can help correct this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Of the spine seen. From the side in terms of the natural sway of the lower back as well as in the neck. It is in the opposite direction of the roundness or kyphosis of the chest region or thoracic spine with the head balanced over the hips with these curves compensating each other to allow ...Read more
See below: Lordosis refers to the natural curve in your neck. You can see this when you get a lateral x-ray of your neck. When you are experiencing muscles spasms in your neck or if you have a poor posture, the normal "curve" in your neck will straighten out. You essentially "lose" or "straighten" the cervical lordosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What it means?"mri results:there's maintenance of cervical lordosis. At level c5-c6 minimal disc bulge. Is cervical lordosis normal in my case?
Usually no: This usually relates to muscle spasms. It is not something patients have told me but not out of the question. If swallowing is a real issue then a visit to the doctor is in order ...Read more
Less back curve: The normall backward curve of your low back is straighter than usual it generally believed to be a sign of muscular spasm barring other pathologic conditions, it is a nonspecific incidental xray finding this shape can be found in the asymptomatic and the symptomatic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smooth Reversal of the cervical lordosis. Minor disc bulge is effacing the CSF anterior to the cord at C5-C6. ?
Neck: The reveral of the cervical lordosis is usually from muscle spasms. The bulging disc is pushing against the sac that holds the CSF and spinal cord. You don't mention of it is pushing against the cord itself so I will assume it doesn't. Usually need rest, pain meds and muscle relaxers. Keep all your appointments with your doctor. You might benefit from physical therapy too. Hope this helps. ...Read more
This can be due to : Just the position your head and neck wee in during the imaging or due to degenerative changes that occur over time. If there is a muscular pain either from a muscle strain, disc herniation or arthritic inflammation - these can cause this imaging appearance. Spinal stenosis may lead you to have this neck position as well to afford more room in the spinal canal for the nerve tissue. ...Read more
Xr lumbar spine there is some irregularity of the inferior end plate L5 increased sclerosis of the articular processes throughout the lumbar spine, ?
Fairly common: Description for imaging by age 30 relating more to age relatd degenerative changes particularly at the lower two disc spaces ascwell as involving the small joints or articular processes of the back with two facet joints found at each disc level. This can be further affcted if one smokes ;/or obese. Genetics also play a role while ther is mixed data as to other possible environmental causes. ...Read more
"Xr lumbar spine there is some irregularity of the inferior end plate L5 increased sclerosis of the articular processes throughout the lumbar spine, ?"
Varies : Increased sclerosis on the articular processes throughout the spine is another way to say you have diffuse arthritic changes in you spine. The end plate irregularity is harder to say without seeing the film, it can also represent a change seen in arthritis, but can also represent a fracture or even be seen in an infection of the vertebrae. You should see your doctor to go through it with you. ...Read more
What does a mild upper thoracic curvature convex to the left mean? I also have mild wedging of the T11 and T12 vertebral bodies with loss of approximately 5% of vertebral height. Is this concerning?
Spinal alignment: Spinal alignment varies from person to person, and can change suddenly with a fracture, or be abnormal from a childhood curve, such a scoliosis. Since your findings are mild, they may be just your "normal" variation. That is, everybody is shaped a little differently, but it doesn't cause a problem for most. If you have pain, a change in your posture, or an injury, see a spinal specialist. ...Read more
Eval by PM&R: Would be advisable to see a physiatrist. Would consider physical therapy, ice/heat pack, nsaid if no aspirin allergy, and hep program. Also, should be aware of posture and activities that could be worsening problem. So if picking heavy objects should avoid it. Also, consider ergonomic adjustment in work environment so that neck is in neutral position. Cervical pillow could also be bought. ...Read more
Translation: The spine at the neck usually has a gentile curve forward then back creating a bow like appearance when seen from the side. Lack of cervical lordosis means it has lost this curve. Cervicothoracic is just a term locating what they see as a slight curve (side to side) in the upper back. ...Read more
A slight loss of anterior stature of the L1 vertebra is unchanged, compared to the CT scanogram of 2009. Other lumbar vertebrae are normal in stature. There is no lumbar spondylolisthesis. Axial images suggest a nondisplaced fracture of the L4 facet (imag
Need more info: Not sure what your question is, but how old are you and what are your symptoms? Have you had any trauma lately? All these factors help determine the significance of any radiographic abnormality. Also, when the radiologists use a term like "suggest", it means they can't tell for sure if an abnormality is really present or not. ...Read more
SPECT of the spine shows moderate increased uptake in the anterior aspect of +/- L3 and in the thoracic
vertebrae. What does this mean?
It means that: those areas of the bone have more metabolic activity than adjacent normal bone. It has to be interpreted in the context of the distribution of activity, your clinical history, and possibly other imaging studies, because based on limited nonspecific info, it could mean anything from trauma to arthritis to metastatic disease. Talk to your doc about the results. ...Read more
No but what may be : Causing the cervical spine to lose its natural alignment could be such as a disc herniation or foramenal stenosis or both. By decreasing the degree of lordosis, there may be more space made available to lessen pressure on a pinched or compressed nerve that may be the cause of the pain in your hand which can be demonstrated by a ct ormri scan of the cervical spne. ...Read more
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