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Doctor insights on: Mild To Moderate Left Foramina Stenosis Secondary To Uncovertebral Joint Hypertrophy

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There is left uncovertebral hypertrophy at c5-c6 causing mild to moderate left foraminal stenosis. What does the mean?

There is left uncovertebral hypertrophy at c5-c6 causing mild to moderate left foraminal stenosis.  What does the mean?

Spinal stenosis: This is a condition resulting from degenerative changes in the spine (for you, this would mean the neck). What actually happens is that the bone that protects the spinal cord becomes narrower. This causes pressure at different points on the spinal cord or nerve roots (causing numbness or other symptoms). Here's a great article which might help http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/spinal_stenosis/ ...Read more

Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more


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Mri said I have hypertrophied facet joint causing moderate central spinal stenosis for which microd/hemilaminotomy done can I ever play soccer again?

Mri said I have hypertrophied facet joint causing moderate central spinal stenosis for which microd/hemilaminotomy done can I ever play soccer again?

Spine surgery: I believe exercise is good for the spine. I would allow you to play soccer only after physical therapy and proper back education. The microdiskectomy will decrease the pain you had before, but nw is the time to be smart, rehab the back and slowly return o activity. ...Read more

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What does mild hypertrophic changes of the acromioclavicular joint mean also no outlet stenosis mean?

Degenerative changes: It sounds like degenerative changes or arthritic changes of the joint (the joint that joins collar bone with acromion or prominence of the shoulder). No outlet stenosis means, there is no pinching or narrowing of a space. I am not sure if they are referring to another part of body, since the term applies to the openings in the joint or tissue that allows passage of nerves and blood vessels. ...Read more

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I have decided against open back surgery. What other treatment options do I have? G1 spondo, l&r stenosis, disc bulge, facet joint hypertrophy.

Limited: Good thing is that you may successfully manage your symptoms with conservative options including anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, spinal injections, bracing. Only few will need surgery. There are various minimally invasive type surgery out there, but remember if it sounds too true to believe, it is likely some marketing ploy. Make sure you are consulting with a well-trained spine surgeon. ...Read more

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What does all this mean? C2-3 small disk osteophyte complex with ventral thecal sac deformity. C4-5 disk osteophyte complex with ventral cord flattening. C 5-6 Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy is severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Face

What does all this mean? C2-3 small disk osteophyte complex with ventral thecal sac deformity. C4-5 disk osteophyte complex with ventral cord flattening. C 5-6 Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy is severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Face

Degenerative: Basically refers to degenerative (aging) changes of the spine. Disk/osteophyte refers to bone spur and/or disc protrusion, and facet/uncovertebral hypertrophy refers to arthritis of the joints at the back part (facets) and sides (uncovertebral) of the vertebrae. Ventral thecal sac deformity and ventral cord flattening refer to slight pressure on the spinal cord. Stenosis refers to pinched nerve. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for lumbar stenosis with bulging discs at l4/l5 and l3/l4 with spinal cord effacement and bilateral facet joint hypertrophy.

What is the prognosis for lumbar stenosis with bulging discs at l4/l5 and l3/l4 with spinal cord effacement and bilateral facet joint hypertrophy.

Mixed: Facet hypertrophy is a common change as people age; the amount of joint enlargement is more important than the fact that it is present. Stenosis is an issue if it is symptomatic. Weight control and exercise can help. Surgery can help in cases that don't respond to other treatment. The spinal cord usually ends at l1-2, so if it truly goes down to l5, there are other issues that need to be addressed. ...Read more

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Disc space narrowing & endplate spurring @ c4/5. Degen facet changs & uncovertebral joint hypertrophy contrib to neural foraminal narrowing @c3/4&c4/5?

Disc space narrowing & endplate spurring @ c4/5. Degen facet changs & uncovertebral joint hypertrophy contrib to neural foraminal narrowing @c3/4&c4/5?

Degenerative changes: What you are describing are common degenerative changes in your cervical spine. The changes can cause pressure on the nerve roots in your neck and can cause pain weakness and numbness in you neck and shoulder. This can be associated with a radiculopathy. ...Read more

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MRI cervical spine showed 2 central disc herniations, a bulge, 2 uncovertebral joint hypertophy into thecal sac. How long until I heal, I am doing PT.

MRI cervical spine showed 2 central disc herniations, a bulge, 2 uncovertebral joint hypertophy into thecal sac. How long until I heal, I am doing PT.

Can take 1- 2 years: MRI's of the cervical spine show the current state of the spinal elements as they change over time. Several of those changes such as uncovertebral joint hypertrophy are a response to gravity and changes in the disc. The disc herniations will do their best to heal slowly over time, however they are due to aging and degeneration with water loss. In the meantime continue PT and regular f/u w/your MD ...Read more

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What does this mean MRI results c3-c4: left uncovertebral spurring results in moderate-to-severe stenosis of the left neural foramina.

What does this mean MRI results c3-c4: left uncovertebral spurring results in moderate-to-severe stenosis of the left neural foramina.

Possible impingement: It means that degenerative changes at that level are causing bone formation that is narrowing the opening where the C4 nerve root exits the canal. This can cause compression of the nerve root causing pain in that nerve's distribution (cervical radiculopathy). Your doctor can determine if you have pain that corresponds to that nerve root. ...Read more

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Almost constant twitching in left calf and some in right. I have mild lumbar scoliosis with hypertrophy and spinal stenosis. Could this cause this?

Twitching: How long has this been going on? It may be ok. It is a common symptom.

Twitching could be caused by some changes in your back, in particular if there are changes around S1, which is a common site for stenosis.

What is more important- are the calves strong? Do they seem like a normal size? If you can stand up on your toes/balls of your feet, it may be ok. ...Read more

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Mild facet hypertrophy, lig flav thickening L3-L4,mild facet hypertrophy L4-L5,moderate facet hypertrophy L5-S1. Will joints deteriorate more? Outlook?

Mild facet hypertrophy, lig flav thickening L3-L4,mild facet hypertrophy L4-L5,moderate facet hypertrophy L5-S1. Will joints deteriorate more? Outlook?

Spine MRI?: Facets are the "joints" between the vertebra in the spine. Facet changes refer to degenerative bone process that can be a normal part of the aging process. After a certain age we all have them, me included. ...Read more

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I have mild to moderate facet joint hypertrophy at l1/s1 worse on right side. Cortisone & nerve block injections have not worked pain is getting worse?

I have mild to moderate facet joint hypertrophy at l1/s1 worse on right side. Cortisone & nerve block injections have not worked pain is getting worse?

Maybe this is just : Not the source or only source of your symptoms. Facet joint pain at this side and level is typically localized pain that may refer to buttock & groin worse with back extension &with prolonged sitting & standing. Facet joint issues account for about 20% of primary cause of back pain so see a spine surgeon to make sure this is your problem & to see if other treatment may be in order. ...Read more

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I have mild to moderate facet joint hypertrophy at l5/s1 worse on right side had cortisone & nerve block injections but pain is getting worse?

I have mild to moderate facet joint hypertrophy at l5/s1 worse on right side had cortisone & nerve block injections but pain is getting worse?

Platelet Rich Plasma: PRP is an offered treatment that has shown good success however is considered experimental at this time. The basic theory is it helps to strengthen the ligaments around the facet joint using your own platelets/growth factors and therefore reducing stress on the joint by tightening them up. As far as I know its safer than steroid injection. Pretty cool stuff. Check out regenexx.com ...Read more

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What is lumbar hypertrophic disease in facet joints and thickening of the ligamentum flavum? Mild-moderate facet hypertrophy L3-S1,lig flav thick L3-L4

What is lumbar hypertrophic disease in facet joints and thickening of the ligamentum flavum? Mild-moderate facet hypertrophy L3-S1,lig flav thick L3-L4

It means there are: Degenerative changes occurring leading to enlargement of the small joints of the spine (2at each level) along with degenerative enlargement of a ligament that connects each segment or level of the spine that could eventually lead to an overall narrowing of the spinal canal which may lead to a condition known as spinal stenosis. Smoking, being obese & a family hx of arthritis can accelerate it. ...Read more

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What does hypertrophic change at the T9-T10 facets bilaterally -severe left, moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Lots of pain

What does hypertrophic change at the T9-T10 facets bilaterally -severe left, moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Lots of pain

Cause for back pain.: It means your main nerves coming from your spine that run through your vertebrae can be suffering of compression because overgrowth of the bony area is squeezing it/them. The pain is caused by the nerve itself that might be irritated by contact with the vertebra. Nerves transmit sensation so pain is triggered this way. F/u with your doctor to create a plan of action for treatment. ...Read more

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What does hypertrophic change at T9 &T10 facets bilaterally — severe left and moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Cat scan

What does hypertrophic change at T9 &T10 facets bilaterally — severe left and moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Cat scan

Spinal stenosis : You have arthritis in the mid back (thoracic level 9/10). The joints that connect one level with the next are overgrown and compressing the spinal cord and pinching the nerves as they exit the canal. It is important to see a neurosurgeon for an examination to ensure that there is no neurological problems from this arthritis and to develop a treatment plan for pain relief. ...Read more

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Hi, my MRI test showed that I have a mild left paracentral protrusion and unconvertebral hypertrophy. Is it fixable? How? Thanks!

No: If the pictographic findings correlate with your symptoms and physical exam, then they may be treatable. Otherwise, they are just pictures and could mean a thousand things. ...Read more

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Hello, really scared, looking for answers ....... My mri reads L4-L5 moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing due to disk bulging and facet hypertrophy. No central stenosis ....... I was told by my DR via x rays I have spondylothesis about 25 percent ....

Hello, really scared, looking for answers ....... My mri reads L4-L5 moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing due to disk bulging and facet hypertrophy. No central stenosis ....... I was told by my DR via x rays I have spondylothesis about 25 percent ....

See answer: Spondylolisthesis is a forward slippage of the 5th(usually)Lumbar vertebra. It is the most common cause of persistent back pain in young people. Each vertebra is connected to adjacent vertebra by two "bridges" of bone. In spondylolisthesis both bridges are fractured. Treatment is conservative unless there is persistent pain or progressive slippage. **See comments below ...Read more

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What are the causes of moderate facet joint hypertrophy?

What are the causes of moderate facet joint hypertrophy?

Aging and: Aging will lead to degeneration of the facet joints as can injury or trauma which can accelerate this process as can smoking which degenerates the discs which alters the mechanics of the spine segments creating more stresses on the facet joints leading to degeneration. Underlying rheumatologic conditions will affect these joints too. ...Read more

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Tendinopathy near the insertion site of the supraspinatus tendon with mild ac joint hypertrophy. The ac joint generates mild impression on rotatorcuff?

Tendinopathy near the insertion site of the supraspinatus tendon with mild ac joint hypertrophy. The ac joint generates mild impression on rotatorcuff?

That is a statement : Not a question. Just putting a? Mark does not let us kno what Ur question is. This is just stating an MRI reading of findings. Let us know if U had an injury or an insidious onset. Also, what R Ur activities, overhead sports (swimming, volleyball,tennis, weight lifting R some).

Please try again with these suggestions in Ur question. ...Read more

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My doctor says there is suggestion of mild facet joint hypertrophy at the c5-c6 level. What does this mean?

My doctor says there is suggestion of mild facet joint hypertrophy at the c5-c6 level. What does this mean?

Arthritis: This refers to mild arthritis in the small joints in the back part of the neck. Arthritis is a normal process of getting older, but of course can cause pain in patients. NSAIDs (i.e. ibuprofen, Aleve) can be used for treatment, as well as spinal injections directly into the facet joints. ...Read more

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My MRI shows reversal of the cervical lordosis @ c4, spondylosis, uncovertebral hypertrophy w/mild right foraminal narrowing. Pls explain. Treatments?

My MRI shows reversal of the cervical lordosis @ c4, spondylosis, uncovertebral hypertrophy w/mild right foraminal narrowing. Pls explain. Treatments?

In short it means th: -at you have degenerative disk disease centered around C-4, and as a result of this you have bulging of the disk that takes up room that the nerves pass through. If you have arrm symptoms, this can be a cause. It would be on the right side. Spondylosis just a long word for degenerative disease of the spine. Treatment should be done by a spine specialist, fellowship trained orthopedist. ...Read more

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C-spine mild uncovertebral joint hypertrophy c5c6 eccentric to right; upper t-spine scoliosis, bilat pars defect L4 w/ foraminal sten at l4l5 surgery?

C-spine mild uncovertebral joint hypertrophy c5c6 eccentric to right; upper t-spine scoliosis, bilat pars defect L4 w/ foraminal sten at l4l5 surgery?

I am Unsure of the -: Question you have.
You have a bad back and your spinal surgeon will probably be able to answer any questions/concerns you have.
Good luck. ...Read more

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