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My X-ray report says there is straitghtning of servical lordosis in keeping with muscular spasm. There are anterior marginal osteophytes with mild ass?

My X-ray report says there is straitghtning of servical lordosis in keeping with muscular spasm. There are anterior marginal osteophytes with mild ass?

Means neck spasms: Sounds like you are having neck pain with loss of motion. Marginal osteophytes mean early arthritis changes. Usually we see these finding starting in the 30's. Nothing unusual in the report. ...Read more

Osteophyte (Definition)

An ostophyte is often referred 2 as a spur. In thritis as in the knee the body knows u have pain so 2 try 2 lower the #/sg in of pressure it layes more bone down 2 increase the wt bearing surface, wee c these as osteophytes, same with the hands and feet. In the foot usually the great toe. It is soft bone so a hard bump 2 them and lead 2 a small fx of ...Read more


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Mild wedging of T12 and L1 with associated endplate osteophytes appears degenerative Can you explain this (above) to me?

Mild wedging of T12 and L1 with associated endplate osteophytes appears degenerative Can you explain this (above) to me?

Age related likely: As we age there is wear and tear on our spines. Vertebrae are sort of rectangular in shape and as we age, forward bending (sometimes trauma) the front part can become compressed like a wedge. New ridge like bone may form to help stabilize, and these are called osteophytes. ...Read more

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C5/6residual rparacentral disc osteophyte complex mild flatening & indent anterior aspect of cord-surgery with anterior fixation&fusion 2fix-soreneck?

C5/6residual rparacentral disc osteophyte complex mild flatening & indent anterior aspect of cord-surgery with anterior fixation&fusion 2fix-soreneck?

Hard to say: The treatment options for someone with the MRI findings you are describing are based also on the degree of problem you have had with it and also with the understanding that many people can respond to nonoperative care. That being said, an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is the time tested surgery for that condition and is reasonably safe and effective. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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I'm 24 and I had osteophytes-disc degenerative changes and mild lumber scoliosis. Facing modrate to sever pain what is the treatments to reduce pain?

I'm 24 and I had osteophytes-disc degenerative changes and mild lumber scoliosis. Facing modrate to sever pain what is the treatments to reduce pain?

Osteopath evaluation: 24y female c/o severe chronic back pain. Imaging studies: "scoliosis & DDD". Degenerative Disk Disease normal, age-related & radiologic descriptor routinely & inappropriately co-opted by doctors as "cause" of pain; an association discounted by medical literature. Scoliosis in young women is often functional & spine straight when examined prone; from inherited hypermobility variant. Fibromyalgia? ...Read more

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UNCHANGED MILD L-1=L-2MODERATE L-2-3-4ANDL5-S1POSTERIOR OSTEOPHYTED DISC COMPLEX PROTRUSIONPRESISTANTUNCHANGEDMULTILEVELADVANCED DEEGENERATIVE LUMBAR?

UNCHANGED MILD L-1=L-2MODERATE L-2-3-4ANDL5-S1POSTERIOR OSTEOPHYTED DISC COMPLEX PROTRUSIONPRESISTANTUNCHANGEDMULTILEVELADVANCED DEEGENERATIVE LUMBAR?

Lumbar Spondylosis: Lumbar Spondylosis at multiple levels would be one way to describe it. You have basically developed some degree of degenerative arthritis at each of the levels in your lumbar spine. ...Read more

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Mild thoracic spondylosis is evident with endplate andmargial osteophytes seen through out the thoracic levels. Lots of thoracic pain. Any Importance?

Mild thoracic spondylosis is evident with endplate andmargial osteophytes seen through out the thoracic levels. Lots of thoracic pain. Any Importance?

Important in that...: ....U kno the source of Ur pain. It means U have arthritis in Ur thoracic spine. Ur PCP can Institute a treatment program 4 U. Image is a severe lumbar arthritis on a 3-D, , reformatted CT ...Read more

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Got mri. I have congenital fusion at c3-c4. Minimal left side disc bulge and marginal osteophytes at c3-c4 contributing to some very mild left neuroforaminal stenosis. Also negative for focal disc protrusion or evidence of cord compression. My neck someti

Got mri. I have congenital fusion at c3-c4. Minimal left side disc bulge and marginal osteophytes at c3-c4 contributing to some very mild left neuroforaminal stenosis. Also negative for focal disc protrusion or evidence of cord compression. My neck someti

Varies: The findings on the MRI are pretty mild. A congenital fusion does not usually cause symptoms in and of itself, nor would the stenosis at that level. A detailed history and exam correlated with the MRI would likely tell the cause of your pain and options for treatment. ...Read more

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Knee show joint spaces show moderate degenerative space narrowing, more pronounced within the medial compartment with very mild marginal osteophytes?

Knee show joint spaces show moderate degenerative space narrowing, more pronounced within the medial compartment with very mild marginal osteophytes?

U got arthritis: Arthritis is a generic term for inflammation in the joint--rheumatoid arthritis=autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own joints. Septic arthritis = infection. Denegerative arthritis=wear & tear etc...Your xray probably looks like the one here. If you have much pain, follow-up with doc for meds, pt, and/or injections etc...Appropriate regular exercises can help. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had an MRI and found c4-c5 mild bulge with mild indentation in thecal sac and c5-c7 minimal bulges and osteophytes? Is it abnormal in my age 24?

I had an MRI and found c4-c5 mild bulge with mild indentation in thecal sac and c5-c7 minimal bulges and osteophytes? Is it abnormal in my age 24?

Probably not: Mri is a great tool that can pick up small anatomical changes in the spine, such as the c4-5 mild bulge and c5-7 osteophytes in your case. As we age, more of the wear and tear (degenerative) changes may accumulate and be more visible. The important thing is whether these mild changes are causing symptoms to warrant treatment.
Follow up with your doctor and discuss a schedule for follow-up. ...Read more

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My xray result showed minimal lumbar spondylosis L5-S1 with mild disc space narrowing and endplate sclerosis and small ventral osteophytes. Meaning?

My xray result showed minimal lumbar spondylosis L5-S1 with mild disc space narrowing and endplate sclerosis and small ventral osteophytes. Meaning?

Meaning?: Presumably you didn't just wander into a radiology department & made an impulse purchase. Your doctor ordered the x-ray for a reason. What was it? The x-ray isn't the patient; you are. It has no "meaning" by itself. Your doctor is ethically obliged to interpret the test AS IT APPLIES TO YOU. Please repost & include what your doctor told you; or, if you haven't asked him/her, please state why not. ...Read more

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Xray shows mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes. What does this mean?

Xray shows mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes. What does this mean?

Arthritis of spine: The end plates on either side of each vertebral bone articulate with the end plates of the ones above and below it. These can become enlarged over time with degenerative arthritis or following trauma. Eventually the space between the vertebrae becomes narrowed and pain sensitve structures like spinal nerves get pinched. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have moderately severe degenerative disc space narrowing in c4-6 with mild retrolisthesis with small uncinate process osteophytes?

What does it mean to have moderately severe degenerative disc space narrowing in c4-6 with mild retrolisthesis with small uncinate process osteophytes?

Arthritic neck: Your description does not imply any symptoms or pain whatsoever. Degree of arthritis does not correlate with pain. So, unless you are having a significant problem, relax and continue along as you were. ...Read more

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Back hurting, X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?

Back hurting, X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?

Osteoarthriitis: Treatment varies depending on symptoms and physical examination from conservative treatment like pain meds, exercise, tens unit, massage, pt, chiropractor and neurosurgical management. ...Read more

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My back hurting X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?

My back hurting X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?

Diagnosis critical: There don't seem to be many physicians who have skills in diagnosing back disease. Some rheumatologists and some physiatrists and some orthopedic surgeons, but the findings you describe are probably not the cause or related to the pain. ...Read more

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What is mild spondylosis without small right para central osteophyte & a tiny central disk protrusion with significant thecal sac deformity at C3-4?

What is mild spondylosis without small right para central osteophyte & a tiny central disk protrusion with significant thecal sac deformity at C3-4?

Arthritis: Mild spondylosis = mild aging changes (aka arthritis). Tiny disc protrusion is just what it sounds like. Small right paracentral osteophyte = small bone spur just to the right. With a tiny disk protrusion, I'm betting the report says "without" significant thecal sac deformity, which means no significant pressure on the spinal cord. In a 47 yo patient, all this would be considered normal. ...Read more

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I have osteophytes in my lumbar spine along with mild scoliosis. What's the prognosis for something like this?

I have osteophytes in my lumbar spine along with mild scoliosis. What's the prognosis for something like this?

That depends more on: Other factors including: smoking status, body weight, exercise routine and your family history of arthritis/spine issues. A mild scoliosis usually is not a factor and osteophytes are typical findings as we age. So by themselves, the mild scoliosis and osteophytes do not predict any prognosis. ...Read more

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What would cause cervical spondylosis, central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?

What would cause cervical spondylosis, central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?

Age: These are all common findings that can be found on cervical MRI in patients over 40. Usually related to aging and the natural degenerative process. Genetics and lifestyle also contribute to these changes. ...Read more

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My MRI says "spinal cord contact". Does it cause pain if an osteophyte or a disc touches the spinal cord with mild spinal canal stenosis? Thank you.

My MRI says "spinal cord contact". Does it cause pain if an osteophyte or a disc touches the spinal cord with mild spinal canal stenosis? Thank you.

Depends: An osteophyte touching the spine shouldn't cause pain. What we worry about is when an osteophyte or protruding disk actually compresses the spinal cord/canal which should be seen on the MRI. ...Read more

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What does it mean when MRI report say c4c5 facet arthrosis and posterior disc osteophyte complex resulting in mild effacement of the thecal sac?

What does it mean when MRI report say c4c5 facet arthrosis and posterior disc osteophyte complex resulting in mild effacement of the thecal sac?

Back trouble!: Depends on your symptoms whether just a finding or a cause of trouble.
C- is cervical-neck
4-5 of the usual C1-7!
Osteophytes are bony prominences from arthritis and changes.
Thecal is sac around nerves and cord.
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Broad based disc osteophyte complexes at levels c3-c7, efface the dural sac. Mild reversal of curvature. Conservative treatment hasn't helped. Severe pain? Please help! Only 28yo. Ultrasound tech.

Broad based disc osteophyte complexes at levels c3-c7, efface the dural sac. Mild reversal of curvature. Conservative treatment hasn't helped. Severe pain? Please help! Only 28yo. Ultrasound tech.

Injections w/ PT: Sorry to hear about your pain. If conservative treatment had already failed, I would consider epidural steroid injections along with physical therapy. It may free you up to get more out of pt. Avoid high velocity manipulation w those osteophytes. Also avoid surgery as long as possible. If epidural does not help at all, may be facet related, blocks with subsequent rfa may benefit from well. ...Read more

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Broad based disc osteophyte complex effacing the cal sac at c5-6, c6-7, c7-t1 with mild right and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing at each?

Neurosurgery consult: If you have symptoms of pain or neurological symptoms of numbness or weakness, it may be time to consult with a neurosurgeon to find out about the future need for possible surgery. I always recommend Neurosurgery for the neck. In the meantime, please see your primary care physician for pain treatment if necessary. ...Read more

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C5/6/7 Reduced disc height, mild stenosis, bulge, osteophytes. Doc said disc replacement no help in neck pain coz of discs condition. Do fusion. True?

Arthritis Arthritis: Is the most likely cause of your pain. Do not let your desperation cause you to have unnecessary surgery.
Find a pain management specialist who treats injured joints in the cervical area. ...Read more

Bone Spurs (Definition)

Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are bony projections that form along joints, and are often seen in conditions such as arthritis. Bone spurs are largely responsible for limitations in joint motion ...Read more