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How necessary is it to take a MRI when x Ray has been done to see reverse lordosis & possible herniated disc in cervical spine?

How necessary is it to take a MRI when x Ray has been done to see reverse lordosis & possible herniated disc in cervical spine?

Different tests: Plain X-rays of the spine only show bones structure, an MRI is needed if you are looking for soft tissue pathology like a herniated disk. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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My husband went to a chiropractor for upper back neck pain. He performed a neck adjustment and my husband has been dizzy 24/7 since. MRI and CT show no arterial dissection. He has a herniated disc at C6-C7. He's seen an ENT and orthopedic surgeon, and no

My husband went to a chiropractor for upper back neck pain. He performed a neck adjustment and my husband has been dizzy 24/7 since. MRI and CT show no arterial dissection. He has a herniated disc at C6-C7. He's seen an ENT and orthopedic surgeon, and no

Needs further evalua: Does he get dizzy when he turns our bend his neck? He may have instability. He needs a full cervical xray exam including bending views to check for instability. What did the MRI of the cervical spine show? Is there stenosis or cord compression? He should not have any manipulations on his neck any more. If his surgeon can not figure out what is going on, does not hurt to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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My doc told me i need mri. The scaitic nerve was inflamef. I have a bed back with degenerative changes & herniated disk in neck & back. What do u th?

My doc told me i need mri.  The scaitic nerve was inflamef.  I have a bed back with degenerative changes & herniated disk in neck & back. What do u th?

Back MRI: The use of MRI in nowdays practice is way over than needed. For back issues, it is only good if surgery is considered, the diagnosis is unclear or there is suspicion for malignancy. If you know you have sciatica, conservative measures would have to be exhausted before MRI is considered unless history and physical suggest another reason for your pain. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disk in the low back area cause numbness and tingling in the arms and hands? Mri of neck was neg, no abnormalities shown.

Can a herniated disk in the low back area cause numbness and tingling in the arms and hands? Mri of neck was neg, no abnormalities shown.

No: Herniated disc of the low back can cause numbness and tingling in one leg (rarely both), but not in the arms. 25% of americans have herniated disc in the lumbar spine without any symptoms. Seek the help of a rehabilitation physician who can sort out the nerve, muscle and soft tissue problems that can produce your symptoms. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a cervical herniated disc be pain free in the neck but have mid-back pain instead?

Very unusual: It is much more likely that you have a primary cause in your mid-back than having the pain come from an asymptomatic cervical disk. ...Read more

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Will rehab for shoulder surgery be real hard if i already have severe pain/numbness down arm from C7 herniated disc. Cervical MRI done 1 year ago.

Will rehab for shoulder surgery be real hard if i already have severe pain/numbness down arm from  C7 herniated disc. Cervical MRI done 1 year ago.

Potentially: Patients who have severe pain from a cervical disc herniation sometimes become extremely limited in what they can do, with some saying that they have pain when they simply cough. You may just have to give it a try and see how it goes . Another option might be to just go ahead and get your neck fixed. ...Read more

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MRI of my Cervical Spine There is disc degenerative changes with associated impingement of the thecal sac , exit neuroforaminal encroachment.



MRI of my Cervical Spine 
There is disc degenerative changes with associated impingement of the thecal sac , exit neuroforaminal encroachment.

MRI result?: So- what does this mean? It is common for MRI of the c-spine to show degenerative changes. Impingement of the thecal sac is not normally concerning. It is unclear what is meant by "exit neuroforaminal encroachment". Was there encroachment or not? If it is there, this normally means nerve root encroachment, which can cause symptoms that affect the arms. ...Read more

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Mri of cervical spine says there is disc space desiccation from c3c4 through c5c6 intervertebral disc space level. What does it mean?

Degenerative change: Means that the disc, which is a sort of "cushion" between the vertebral bodies, is losing elasticity due to chemical alterations in its substance, generally associated with aging and wear and tear. It is an early manifestation of degenerative disc disease/arthritis. Very common, likely not to cause symptoms as an isolated finding. No treatment per se, no follow up if this is the only finding. ...Read more

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My current MRI of cervical spine shows reactive endplate changes and large central disc extrusion at c3/c4 indenting on spinal cord. Should I Worry?

My current MRI of cervical spine shows reactive endplate changes and large central disc extrusion at c3/c4 indenting  on spinal cord. Should I  Worry?

Herniated disc: Not to worry but you should visit a neurosurgeon in the next week for evaluation and treatment. Hand tingling and weakness is a sign of cord compression. Do not do repetitive lifting and bending (housework/yardwork) until a neurosurgeon sees you because the weakness and numbness could worsen with these activities. Avoid contact sports or jarring exercises (running) too. ...Read more

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Pls provide meaning for results of cervical spine MRI central protrusion of c3/4 & c4/5 discs, right paracentral & right foraminal herniation of c5/6?

Pls provide meaning for results of cervical spine MRI  central protrusion of c3/4 & c4/5 discs, right paracentral & right foraminal herniation of c5/6?

Symptoms: The central disc proteusions are likely age appropriate asymptomatic incidentsl findings if you have right arm shoulder and painto indes and thumb then this image reveals cause to be a correctable disc herniation if you dont have right arm pain then this means nothing . At your age. ...Read more

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In a MRI of the cervical spine, what it means “regressive phenomena with initial slight reduction in the tone of water, but with thickness retained are obvious by the disc interspace of L3-L4”? is something serious in a 37 years old man?

In a MRI of the cervical spine, what it means “regressive phenomena with initial slight reduction in the tone of water, but with thickness retained are obvious by the disc interspace of L3-L4”? is something serious in a 37 years old man?

Get an explanation: A most important part of any trest or imagry is to provide a clear explanation and treatment recommendations. Only the Dr who ordered the MRI can help you know the next step. Don't worry until you've heard a Dx and prognosis. Call now so you can relax. Best! ...Read more

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I've recently had an MRI of my cervical spine and will not see he dr. To review until monday. It shows generalizd posterior disc bulge that combines with bilateral uncovertebrlregion hypertrophy t create mild to moderate bilateral foraminal and mild centr

I've recently had an MRI of my cervical spine and will not see he dr. To review until monday. It shows generalizd posterior disc bulge that combines with bilateral uncovertebrlregion hypertrophy t create mild to moderate bilateral foraminal and mild centr

See below...: With age we all unfortunately lose water and cartilage in our discs. This can cause the discs to bulge and is commonly seen on mri. Disc bulges and bone spurs from the uncovertebral joints that compress nerves can cause arm pain, weakness, and numbness. I would follow-up with your doctor to determine if your symptoms are related to the changes seen on mri. ...Read more

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Help i did an MRI of my cervical spine and the result was posterior disc herniations as noted at c-4 c-5 with impingement straightening and reversal of the normal curvature on the saggital views. Mild disc space narrowing as noted at c-4 c-5. Posterior d

Help i did an MRI of my cervical spine and the result was  posterior disc herniations as noted at c-4 c-5 with impingement straightening and reversal of the normal curvature on the saggital views.
Mild disc space narrowing as noted at c-4 c-5. Posterior d

Hi, : Hi, what are your concerns/specific questions? These results discribed are disk disease/degenerative changes, there is nothing described to tell of how sever eit is so it is difficult to know what the extent is without seeing the images. The most important thing concerning the MRI is to make sure the finding are consistent with your symptoms in order to tell if it is of any concern. As we age, most of us have the abnormalities as described in your report, but the importance is deciding if this is the cause of your symptoms. This should be done by your doctor. Let me know if i can be of further assistance. Dr khoury usradreview.Com mkhoury@usradreview.Com. ...Read more

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Cervical spine buldging discs on MRI. Is this the cause to my dizziness, lightheadedness & brain fog?

Cervical spine buldging discs on MRI. Is this the cause to my dizziness, lightheadedness & brain fog?

Cervical spine spurs: The cervical bulges will not affect the dizziness , lightheadedness and brain fog. You might get some pain down your arms or referred pain to the neck. See your local ent make sure that the cause is not a ear problem. Good luck and feel better! ...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 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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Cervical spine MRI shows Disc osteophyte complex & facet & ligamentous hypertrophy from C5-C7, effacing & narrowing the thecal sac to 8.4mm. Explain..

Cervical spine MRI shows Disc osteophyte complex & facet & ligamentous hypertrophy from C5-C7, effacing & narrowing the thecal sac to 8.4mm. Explain..

Arthritis.: Basically, these findings represent osteoarthritic changes of the cervical spine. These findings need to be interpreted with respect to your medical history. Arthritis elsewhere? Any history of trauma to the neck? Overweight? ...Read more

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The result of my MRI of cervical spine is-- 1. Paracentral disk bulge at c5-6 level with right side neural canal encroachment seen what does it mean..

The result of my MRI of cervical spine is--
1. Paracentral disk bulge at c5-6 level with right side neural canal encroachment seen
what does it mean..

C5-6 Disc: A disc herniation at c5-6 will result in symptoms from the c6 nerve root. The patern of pain and numbness usually extend into the thmb and index fingers and weakness, if present, is typically in the right biceps muscle. A nerve root block can be of benefit and if the symptoms are not improving, surgical treatment can be considered. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more