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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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What does this mean? Disc height loss is seen in the mid-thoracic spine with small endplate osteophytes in keeping with spondylosis.

What does this mean? Disc height loss is seen in the mid-thoracic spine with small endplate osteophytes in keeping with spondylosis.

It means: That the findings are consistent with minimal arthritic changes. It means nothing else and doesn't indicate that there is a serious issue or even that the individual in question has pain, It is solely a radiographic finding. ...Read more

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Degenerative changes seen throughout the thoracic spine w disc space narrowing & osteophyte formation. + compression deformity of T12. In pain! Help!

Degenerative changes seen throughout the thoracic spine w disc space narrowing & osteophyte formation. + compression deformity of T12. In pain! Help!

Sounds like: You may be suffering from Osteoporosis. You need to see a Spine specialist for complete evaluation ands a referral to Physical Therapy which offers your best path to recovery!

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I have bone spurs on my spine, moderate scoliosis, thoracic spine, kyphosis, osteoporis and osteoarthritis. I have continued back pain, pain in my hip?

I have bone spurs on my spine, moderate scoliosis, thoracic spine, kyphosis, osteoporis and osteoarthritis. I have continued back pain, pain in my hip?

Scoliosis back pain: There are many causes for back and hip pain, sometimes not as obvious as the curve in your spine on x-ray. Get a good evaluation 2 see if your spine is truly the problem causing the pain. Often, buttock-type hip pain comes from l4-s1, but groin hip pain comes from the hip joint itself and has nothing to do with the spine, even if the pictures look bad. Good docs can find ur true pain source. Thx! ...Read more

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What happens if its not my thoracic spine, then what is it?

What happens if its not my thoracic spine, then what is it?

Thoracic Spine: Pain at the level of the bra-strap is a very common pain location in middle aged (sorry...) women... We have a hard time determining the cause usually, but poor posture is a common reason. Otherwise, the cervical spine can radiate pain down to that area and deserves a workup. Injections in the T-spine facet joints may help. Good luck! ... avoid rushing into surgery for this. ...Read more

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What's a cysts on your thoracic spine?

What's a cysts on your thoracic spine?

Spinal cyst: Spinal cyst is a collection of cerebrospinal fluid and it can be characterized as either extradural (outside the dura) or intradural (inside the dura). Most of the spinal cysts are idiopathic, but they can be developed from congenital defect; arachnoid adhesion secondary to infection; trauma from lumbar puncture; or iatrogenic cause from injected contrast dye. ...Read more

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What does epiphysitis of the thoracic spine mean?

What does epiphysitis of the thoracic spine mean?

Incorrect term: The epiphysis refers to the area of bones above the growth plate and closer to the end of the bone. An apohysitis refers to an inflammation and injury of the growth plate. Apophysitis in the thoracic spine would be a condition in children with open growth plates (still growing.) it would involve an injury to the growth plate. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for surgery on thoracic spine?

What is the recovery time for surgery on thoracic spine?

Depends: Recovery from thoracic spine surgery varies upon the type of surgery. With lesser invasive techniques, anterior surgeries can be associated with short hospital stays. More traditional anterior and/or posterior procedures may involve longer hospitalization and recovery periods. ...Read more

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What causes burning of the nerves in the thoracic spine?

What causes burning of the nerves in the thoracic spine?

Thoracic spine: This may be caused from a pinched nerve in the t spine which may cause burning pain. Or, it may also be unrelated to the spine. A thorough work up, including exam, imaging and review of your entire history is critical to get down to the bottom of the root cause. You should speak to your regular doc first - he/she should begin the work up. A disc herniation pinching the nerve should be ruled out. ...Read more

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Symptoms associated with multiple nerve sheath cysts in thoracic spine?

Symptoms associated with multiple nerve sheath cysts in thoracic spine?

These typically do: Not cause any symptoms and are usually an incidental finding on a mri. Many times, certain findings are found on a mrai that have no bearing on why the imaging study was ordered in the first place. ...Read more

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I'm 17 and I have a mild levoscoliosis of the thoracic spine. Does it affect my growth?

I'm 17 and I have a mild levoscoliosis of the thoracic spine. Does it affect my growth?

Scoliosis: Mild scoliosis implies 30 degree or less curve. That is not likely to cause pain in the future. It will not affect growth as you are done with spinal growth at age 17. So with that info, no worries. ...Read more

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A syrinx in my thoracic spine is pressing on one of my nerves. What can I do to fix this?

A syrinx in my thoracic spine is pressing on one of my nerves. What can I do to fix this?

Syrinx: A syrinx generally results from an area of prior trauma or at a site in which the normal flow of spinal fluid is altered. If you do not have spinal cord symptoms and have nerve pain, a concern would be for a disc herniation. Review of your MRI scan would be needed to answer your question. ...Read more

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I am a 46 year old female. What causes levoscoliosis of the thoracic spine with associated degenerative changes?

I am a 46 year old female. What causes levoscoliosis of the thoracic spine with associated degenerative changes?

Scoliosis: Scoliosis is a descriptive term meaning curvature of the spine. Some people have it as a youth and it can progress as you age. The most common cause in your is idiopathic, we don't know. As we age and develope degenerative changes we can also develop curving. Great informative web site: www. Isoliosis. Com. Explains process, amounts, causes, and treatments. ...Read more

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What is best to treat thoracic spine hernicate disc pain?

What is best to treat thoracic spine hernicate disc pain?

This should be answ-: Ered by your spinal surgeon, who knows you and your condition. Anyone else giving you options might not be the right thing to do, for you, except confusing the issue further. Google it and you'll get all options, but what's best for you, has to be from your surgeon, and no one else.
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Recently had issues with the thoracic spine. What can I do?

Thoracic pain: This is a very nonspecific complaint. However, it is rare to have a significant problem that requires treatment in the thoracic spine. Thoracic pain is usually muscular in young patients and can be managed with pilates, yoga, piyo for core. Ice/heat, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches. Mckenzie pt if pain continues (doc's rx needed), further studies if pain no better. ...Read more

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What are scmorls nodes and enplate changes of thoracic spine?

What are scmorls nodes and enplate changes of thoracic spine?

Degenerative Disc: Schmorl's nodes are indentations in the boney endplates (top and bottom of vertebrae) which are indicative of degenerative disc disease. They are not a problem in themselves but are just some thing seen on an MRI which indicated degenerative disc disease. ...Read more

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What is back mobilization in the thoracic spine, is it helpful?

What is back mobilization in the thoracic spine, is it helpful?

Do: You immobilization which could be used to stabilize the back to reduce pain and promote healing ...Read more

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Can you have ect if you've have metal (titanium) in your thoracic spine?

Yes as long as your: Spine is deemed stable and fused by your surgeon, there should be no issue. ...Read more

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I am getting a nerve test done 3/30, shoulders but what if spasms start in thoracic? Should they check thoracic spine too?

I am getting a nerve test done 3/30, shoulders but what if spasms start in thoracic? Should they check thoracic spine too?

Back pain: The nerve test will tell you a lot. The cervical spine is most likely the culprit even with your thoracic spine spasms ...Read more

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What is "djd" of thoracic spine?

What is "djd" of thoracic spine?

Some kind of: Arthritis, the common type of arthritis effect the bod, usually wear and tear process, some get more than other have many factors involved in it. ...Read more

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What is dextroscoliosis of the thoracic spine?

Scoliosis: This means a right-sided curvature in the spine. Looking from the back, the main curve would be to the right (but other there are 'correcting' curves above and below to the left to help you stay upright). This type of right sided sciolosis is the most common form, esp. In young patients... The degree is important to know to advise you better... Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about a bulging disc in the lower thoracic spine?

Can you please tell me about a bulging disc in the lower thoracic spine?

It means nothing: Bulging discs in the thoracic spine have no meaning. The thoracic spine is not mobile and much less likely to have a significant herniated disc. The presence of a herniated disc anywhere in the spine is most commonly simply part of living and nothing to worry about. The rate at which disc changes occur is largely genetic in origin. Bottom line: don't worry. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of getting facet injections in the thoracic spine?

Many. ...: Depending on the medication injected.... Pain, redness, infection and if steroids are used.... Hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar) and even depression of your immune function... Hopefully, the number one effect will be the satisfactory treatment of your pain. ...Read more

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What are the damages that can happen for getting being punched in the thoracic spine?

Punched in back: Not likely to have much damage to you if punched in the t-spine. The ribs help to stabilize the spine in this area making it inherently more stable than other areas. High speed auto accident? Possible to cause serious injury. In a normal spine that is punched? More likely so cause a broken metacarpal in your attacker. ...Read more

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Have small lipoma near thoracic spine. Should I remove it? Can it cause trouble? Hurts a little.

Usually benign: Lipomas are usually benign, but depending on location and size it may put pressure on a muscle or a nerve and start causing discomfort and pain. Having it removed early is wise so you don't worry about it, also to make sure it's a lipoma and not something else. ...Read more