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Mri: moderate disc protrusion l5,annular tear,moderate facet joint hypertrophy entire lumbar spine,grade1 spondylolisthsis l5,L1L2 and L5S1 spur, bad?

Mri: moderate disc protrusion l5,annular tear,moderate facet joint hypertrophy entire lumbar spine,grade1 spondylolisthsis l5,L1L2 and L5S1 spur, bad?

Depends on symptoms: Multiple level degenerative changes at a young age need careful disgnostics and evaluation. Need to know target symptoms, these findings can be asymptomatic. ...Read more

Facet (Definition)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise ...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?

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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?

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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Moderate/SEVERE pain. MRI shows small disc protrusion mild/moderate facet osteoarthritis L5s1.Mild osteo&mild swellin liga flavum L4L5.I'm 30. Causes?

Moderate/SEVERE pain. MRI shows small disc protrusion mild/moderate facet osteoarthritis L5s1.Mild osteo&mild swellin liga flavum L4L5.I'm 30. Causes?

According 2 the-: -interpretation I would say it is due 2 a degenerative process. The fact that the ligament flavin is inflamed, it is a flare up of Ur degenerative disease. ...Read more

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Mild scoliosis; grade 1 spondylolisthesis l5-s1; l4-5 prom l paracentral disc extrusion; mild ligamentous & facet hypertrophy. Treatments?

Mild scoliosis; grade 1 spondylolisthesis l5-s1; l4-5 prom l paracentral disc extrusion; mild ligamentous & facet hypertrophy. Treatments?

Depends: Most disks get better within 6 months with pt and conservative treatment, assuming that the disk is even related to the pain. Keep an eye on spondy to make sure it's stable. If you develop instability surgery may be in order. ...Read more

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What is C3-C4 mild bilateral uncovertebral arthosis, C5-C6 bilateteral uncovertebral arthosis L1-L2 minor facet arthosis?

What is C3-C4 mild bilateral uncovertebral arthosis, C5-C6 bilateteral uncovertebral arthosis  L1-L2 minor facet arthosis?

Spinal column joints: The uncovertebral joints occur between the uncinate process of the vertebra above and the uncus of the vertbra below in the cervical spinal column (C3-C7). The facet joints stabilize the spinal motion segment, protecting it from excessive anterior shear forces and flexion and rotation. Arthrosis in this context likely refers to mild "wear and tear" changes in the joints, probably from age. ...Read more

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What does multilevel ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet arthropathy mean?

What does multilevel ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet arthropathy mean?

Degenerative changes: OBernstein,

These are descriptive terms usually found in an MRI or CT report to characterize the condition of your spine. The ligamentum flavum helps connect spinal segments and overlies the spinal cord. The facet joints are in the posterior portion of the spinal column and can show degenerative changes like all other joints in the body. Facet joint issues are a common cause of back pain. ...Read more

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What is multilevel facet degenerative hypertrophy?

What is multilevel facet degenerative hypertrophy?

Arthritis.: It is a relatively normal finding in the spine as we age. Sometimes, bone spur formation can put pressure on nearby nerves and pinch them, causing lots of pain, weakness, or numbness. If you are concerned, speak to your physician. ...Read more

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Can a unilateral pars fracture and facet arthrosis w/hypertrophy cause spondylisthesis?

Potentially : A spondylolisthesis refers to a condition in which one vertebrae shifts forward on another. There are multiple potential causes. One cause can be degenerative, as noted in the degenerative changes in your facet joint. Another type is called "isthmic" which requires a bilateral pars defect to occur. ...Read more

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MRI of lumbar spine lists desiccation of disc at L5-S1. L4-L5 mild facet arthropathy & hypertrophy. L5-S1 minimal bulge & moderate facet ^. Meaning??

MRI of lumbar spine lists desiccation of disc at L5-S1. L4-L5 mild facet arthropathy & hypertrophy. L5-S1 minimal bulge & moderate facet ^. Meaning??

Aging changes: Disc desiccation refers to loss of water content in the discs as a result of aging. Facet hypertrophy is degenerative arthritis of the joints between the vertebral bodies. A bulging disc is one that protrudes out to some extent into the spinal canal. All of these are just descriptions. Significance depends on how these findings relate to your symptoms and physical exam. ...Read more

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CS MRI Results: Disc bulge & mild facet arthropathy at C5-6 & C4-5. Mild facet arthropathy C6-7. Mild bilateral ostoearthritis C7-T1. Best treatment?

CS MRI Results: Disc bulge & mild facet arthropathy at C5-6 & C4-5. Mild facet arthropathy C6-7. Mild bilateral ostoearthritis C7-T1. Best treatment?

Many Options: This pain as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the cervical spine (neck) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and you may be candidate for facet injections, radiofrequency ablation and/or epidural steroid injection. Speak with Doctor. ...Read more

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L3-l4 minor degenerative facet change. No impingement. L4-l5 minor degenerative facet change. No impingement.L5-s1 bilateral degenerative facet change?

L3-l4 minor degenerative facet change. No impingement. L4-l5 minor degenerative facet change. No impingement.L5-s1 bilateral degenerative facet change?

Facet Arthropathy: Could be facet arthropathy/arthritis. There are joints in the spine where the bones articulate and can develop bone spurs and cause pain typically with extension. I would consider seeing a pain/spine specialist to see if facet injections or radiofrequency ablation would be helpful for you. While arthritis/arthropathy will not change, the pain can be reduced or eliminated. ...Read more

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What do "broad based posterior spurring", "disc osteophyte complex" "mod. bilateral foraminal narrowing" degenerative endplate uptake" mean?

What do "broad based posterior spurring", "disc osteophyte complex" "mod. bilateral foraminal narrowing" degenerative endplate uptake"  mean?

OSTEOARTHRITIS: "DEGENERATIVE" arthritis (Wear and Tear) of the spine is most likely the reason for these x ray findings!~ There is treatment Consult with your PCP (Primary Care Provider) Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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What is mild facetal arthrosis?

What is mild facetal arthrosis?

See details: I assume you are asking about facet disease. This would be osteoarthritis involving the facet joints of the spine. ...Read more

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What is bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy?

What is bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy?

Degeneration: Hypertropy of the facets and ligamentum flavum refers to the expansion of these structures in the setting of degeneration. These can cause stenosis (narrowing) with compromise of the nerves going to the legs, as well as back pain. ...Read more

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What is lumbar facet arthropathy?

What is  lumbar facet arthropathy?

Facet Arthropathy: Could be facet arthropathy/arthritis. There are joints in the spine where the bones articulate and can develop bone spurs and cause the clicking with pain typically with extension. I would consider seeing a pain/spine specialist to see if facet injections or radio frequency ablation would be helpful for you. ...Read more

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Lumbosacral spondylosis with disc degeneration, mild posterior disc bulge at l3-4level indenting thecal sac, lateral canals & neural foraminae, treatment?

Lumbosacral spondylosis with disc degeneration, mild posterior disc bulge at l3-4level indenting thecal sac, lateral canals & neural foraminae, treatment?

DDD=arthritis: Arthritis/spondylosis of the disc is ddd. Like wrinkles of skin, ddd happens to everyone to some degree. It starts to be evident on MRI late teens and early 20's, progressing with age. Ddd/arthritis does not = pain. So don't let the diagnosis bother you. Treatment is specific to the pain. If back pain, nonsurgical. Nsaids/tylenol, pt/core strength. For sciatica, above plus nerve root injections. ...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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Moderate facet Arthrosis? I've not heard this term before, (on an MRI report). Please explain, & how do I fix it?

Moderate facet Arthrosis? I've not heard this term before, (on an MRI report). Please explain, & how do I fix it?

Arthritis: Visualize each vertebral level of the spine consists of 3 joints. There is a joint btw the bodies of two vertebra connected by an intervertebral disc, and 2 facet joints which connect one vertebra to the other. The facet joints are on the posterior aspect of the spine with one located on each side. Go back to the dr who ordered the MRI to discuss treatment options ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 20 year old female of average build to have moderate facet arthrosis/hypertrophy of lumbar spine? What causes it so young??

Is it normal for a 20 year old female of average build to have moderate facet arthrosis/hypertrophy of lumbar spine?  What causes it so young??

Yes: yes, it is unusual. One has to look for other causes of metabolic bone disease or endocrine disease of parathyroid diabetes or malformation of the adjacent joints or vertebra. ...Read more

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Mri findings of lumbar report: moderate left neural forminal encroachment predominantly secondary to facet arthrosis. Please explain. Thank you?

Mri findings of lumbar report: moderate left neural forminal encroachment predominantly secondary to facet arthrosis. Please explain. Thank you?

Low back pain: The MRI findings that you describe are arthritis of the low back. There may be some pain radiating into the left hip and down the leg (sciatica) due to the overgrowth of the facet joint impinging on the nerve root. See a neurosurgeon to evaluate and treat the low back pain. ...Read more

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MRI: Explain: 1. Loss of T2W signal intensity. 2. Schmorl's node identified. 3. Bilateral facet arthrosis is identified. 4.Osteophytosis is noted?

MRI: Explain: 1. Loss of T2W signal  intensity. 2. Schmorl's node  identified. 3. Bilateral facet arthrosis is identified. 4.Osteophytosis is noted?

General: explanation....degenerative (arthritic) changes...."wear and tear" Your age is not supplied but this can be seen as early as the mid to late 40's depending upon your occupational history!

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I have multi level uncodiscarthrosis, grad i-ll canal stenosis with facet arthrosis. Uncophytosis and slight cord flattening at c2. Could you explain?

I have multi level uncodiscarthrosis, grad i-ll canal stenosis with facet arthrosis. Uncophytosis and slight cord flattening at c2. Could you explain?

I don't think you : Have it exactly as on the report, but it appears the report is indicating that you have arthritis, including bone spurs in many levels of your cervical spine -- including your disc space level, uncovertebral joint level (these can narrow the area where your nerves pass, ; push on nerves). It also indicates you some narrowing of the spinal canal. Go see a spine surgeon if you are having symptoms. ...Read more

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L5s1 significant facet arthrosis. Getting bilat facet block. Can't stand more then 10 minutes hurts then numb. If doesn't work then surgery, thoughts?

L5s1 significant facet arthrosis. Getting bilat facet block. Can't stand more then 10 minutes hurts then numb. If doesn't work then surgery, thoughts?

Generally Good: Radiofrequency procedures work well if a previous facet injection or medial branch block was performed with greater than 75-80% relief that was obtained. As with anything there are failures, but quite low if the block worked well. Risks are the same as with any spine procedure, no different. Rare that you would be worse off afterwards. ...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. ...Read more

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I am 32 years old and have chronic thoracic back pain. I have Scheuermann's Kyphosis, disc desiccation, broad based disc bulges, facet arthrosis, etc.

I am 32 years old and have chronic thoracic back pain. I have Scheuermann's Kyphosis, disc desiccation, broad based disc bulges, facet arthrosis, etc.

Kyphosis: Palliative pain care, activity modification and tolerence yield . the most predictable positve outcomes. indication for surgical correction of kyphosis is over 60 degrees which is a huge curve, unpredictable pain reliever done to prevent progressive deformity not pain, the other changes can be related to the scheurermans disease (old news) they are not degenerative changes ...Read more

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I am looking to find a spinal doctor in my area (wake forest, north carolina) who will take me seriously. I have degerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compressiom, buldging discs, synovial cysts, etc and pain that only gets worse. I've done just

See Pain Doctor: Employing a multi-modal approach, most fellowship trained pain specialists offer the most effective management of painful conditions. To accurately diagnose and treat patients, we will utilize imaging studies, electro-diagnostic evaluations, history ; physical examinations, targeted physical therapy, appropriate and responsible medication management and cutting-edge interventional procedures. ...Read more

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Can a unilateral pars fracture and facet arthrosis w/hypertrophy cause spondylisthesis?

Potentially : A spondylolisthesis refers to a condition in which one vertebrae shifts forward on another. There are multiple potential causes. One cause can be degenerative, as noted in the degenerative changes in your facet joint. Another type is called "isthmic" which requires a bilateral pars defect to occur. ...Read more

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I have chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, spasms, and I have been to pain mang. Tried several treatments including steriods and injections. I am on a certain narcotic for which I know is not helpful, what now

I have chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, spasms, and I have been to pain mang. Tried several treatments including steriods and injections. I am on a certain narcotic for which I know is not helpful, what now

Spinal Surgeon: It appears that you have tried many forms of conservative. I would recommend that you seek the care of a spinal surgeon. If you have nerve root compression secondary to a disc herniation, facet arthrosis, foraminal stenosis or lateral stenosis, surgical decompression may be in your future. See a spinal surgeon! ...Read more

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With degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, buldging discs lumbar and cervical regions, synovial cyst posterior lumbar region in spine, continueum spasms, the need of surgery is the option as of now. I have been through all treatme

With degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, buldging discs lumbar and cervical regions, synovial cyst posterior lumbar region in spine, continueum spasms, the need of surgery is the option as of now. I have been through all treatme

Unsure of question: Most surgeons exhaust non-operative care before recommending surgery. Non-operative care can include medications (anti-infammatory arthritis type medicine or pain medications), physical therapy, activity modification, exercise, bracing, chiropractic care, interventional pain management (injections), or alternative medical approaches. ...Read more

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Difference b/t mild bilateral arthrosis (1/13) and superimposed facet degenerative chngs (7/13)? Grind start b/t 2 scans. What can be done to fix?

Difference b/t mild bilateral arthrosis (1/13) and superimposed facet degenerative chngs (7/13)? Grind start b/t 2 scans. What can be done to fix?

Disc failure: It implies that the disc is deteriorated at the intervertebral level putting additional stress on the joints of the spine, the facets. If all conservative measures fail, a well done spinal fusion can solve the progressive problem. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is bilateral facet joint arthrosis?

Can you tell me what is bilateral facet joint arthrosis?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. Sometimes this inflammation results in extra fluid in the joint that aggravates the joint, that is the effusion. Suggest seeing a spine specialist to get help with either steroid injections or PRP to help strengthen ligaments. ...Read more

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Post fusion 2009: now l4-5 right facet joint arthrosis, severe neural foriminal stenosis with some compression. Surgery needed?

Need for 2nd O.R.: Adjacent level changes are common after fusion surgery. Conservative treatment is still warranted like therapy, body mechanics, and facet ( joint) injections, but surgery may be an appropriate option at the appropriate time. ...Read more

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What is C3-C4 mild bilateral uncovertebral arthosis, C5-C6 bilateteral uncovertebral arthosis L1-L2 minor facet arthosis?

Spinal column joints: The uncovertebral joints occur between the uncinate process of the vertebra above and the uncus of the vertbra below in the cervical spinal column (C3-C7). The facet joints stabilize the spinal motion segment, protecting it from excessive anterior shear forces and flexion and rotation. Arthrosis in this context likely refers to mild "wear and tear" changes in the joints, probably from age. ...Read more

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What is mild to moderate facet arthropathy ?

What is mild to moderate facet arthropathy ?

Facet Arthropathy: Could be facet arthropathy/arthritis. There are joints in the spine where the bones articulate and can develop bone spurs and cause the clicking with pain typically with extension. I would consider seeing a pain/spine specialist to see if facet injections or radio frequency ablation would be helpful for you. ...Read more

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What is facet sclerosic? Does mild or moderate make a difference?

What is facet sclerosic? Does mild or moderate make a difference?

Facets are: joints of the spine. The are located on both sides of the vertebral bodies in the "back". These are some of the joints of the spine that control how the vertebral bodies move as a unit. Sclerosis of bone is hardening/thickening of the bone that often occurs through wear and tear. The degree of sclerosis can correlate with symptoms you may have. ...Read more

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Can someone explain this.. Moderate patellar chondromalacia w/ prominent cartilage fissuring in the lateral patellar facet?

Can someone explain this.. Moderate patellar chondromalacia w/ prominent cartilage fissuring in the lateral patellar facet?

Cartilage wear: Chrondromalacia means softening of the cartilage that covers the bone. It is a form of cartilage injury or degeneration. Moderate is a grade worse than "mild", but not as significant as "severe". The lateral patellar facet is the outside and back part of the patella. Fissuring means there is a groove-like defect in the cartilage. ...Read more

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