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Doctor insights on: Retrolisthesis Of Cervical Spine Discs

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Can you tell me what the medical term retrolisthesis means in referanceto the cervical spine?

Spine alignment: Retrolisthesis describes the position of one vertebra being out of alignment relative to the rest of the spinal column. The abnormal cervical vertebra is positioned behind or posterior to its normal position relative to the adjacent vertebra. This may be normal for you, or may indicate an instability. Your doctor can help determine the severity and implication of the retrolisthesis. ...Read more

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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


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Every disc n my cervical spine is herniated, can't take the pain anymore, pain dr says no more "lysis tx's", had 2 many. What is something else close?

Every disc n my cervical spine is herniated, can't take the pain anymore, pain dr says no more "lysis tx's", had 2 many. What is something else close?

Where is your pain?: What does lysis trx mean, epidural lysis of adjesions or rf ablation of facet iinnervation? Cervical disc herniations cause arm pain generally how many is too many? Its good to abandon failed treatments and move on to next suspected pain generator theory it is unlikely that all disc herniations are similtaneously symptomatic too many targets to be effective. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of cervical spine degenerative disc disease?

Variable: It can range from simple neck stiffness to severe pain, numbness and weakness in the arms due to a pinched nerve. ...Read more

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What medication should typically be prescribed for bulging discs in cervical spine?

What medication should typically be prescribed for bulging discs in cervical spine?

NonE: It is not at all clear there is a cause and effect between discomfort and the prescence of bulges on images many painless necks have bulges of their discs. ...Read more

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Any trigger point injections for cervical spine disc herniation?

Any trigger point injections for cervical spine disc herniation?

Typically not: Trigger point injections are best used for spasm and pain in the muscle. If the pain is originating from a cervical disc herniation, the trigger point is usually not successful, and even when it is, rarely gives any lasting relief. ...Read more

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How do trigger point injections work for cervical spine disc herniation?

How do trigger point injections work for cervical spine disc herniation?

Symptom relief: If a disc herniation is causing muscle spasm and localizable pain the injection can decrease pain. It will have no effect on the disk herniation itself or any spinal cord or nerve irritation caused by pressure from the herniation. ...Read more

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Can bone spurs and disc bulges of the cervical spine disappear over 6 years?

Can bone spurs and disc bulges of the cervical spine disappear over 6 years?

Usually no.: These findings are typically produced from longstanding wear and tear and do not spontaneously resolve. ...Read more

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What is the safest test/procedure to find what parts of body are affected by bulg. Disc, stenosis, pinched nerves in cervical spine?

What is the safest test/procedure to find what parts of body are affected by bulg. Disc, stenosis, pinched nerves in cervical spine?

MRI/EMG: MRI is the gold standard to assess soft tissue in the spine. To localize and prognosticate a compressive neuropathy, an EMG/nerve conduction study is safe, sensitive, and specific. These tests are often performed together and get the most useful information for physicians to determine best next steps, i.e., conservative management versus surgery. ...Read more

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Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

Maybe: Cervical radiculopathy can arise from various causes that pinch a nerve in the neck. A disk herniation is a common cause. Other causes include bone spurs that form over time that narrow the hole through which the nerves exit the spine. ...Read more

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Degeneration of disc at cervical spine c3, c4, c5, what to do?

Degeneration of disc at cervical spine c3, c4, c5, what to do?

Fairly common: Finding. This does not mean you will be disabled, just that arthritis is setting in and the discs are not as healthy as one would want. Work on strengthening your neck, helping support the area. Range of motion and stretching exercises, and stay well hydrated. Consider physical therapy as well if you start to notice pain and see a physician if you have any radiation of pain into arms. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can you have both a bulging disc in lumbar and cervical spine at the same time?

Can you have both a bulging disc in lumbar and cervical spine at the same time?

Yes: A bulging disc can be a sign of genetics, aging or trauma. They can be located anywhere along the spine although the neck or lower back are the most common areas. ...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 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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I have djd of the cervical spine and bulging disc in the center of my back about 8 inches above my buttocks what kind of exercise can I do to help rel?

Back Pain: Nonsurgical treatment works the vast majority of times for back/neck pain. DJD in the neck and back usually coincide. Same genetics, and your neck and back have been in the same places. . .
Mckenzie exercises are what I most often prescribe. You can by the books online: treat your own back, robin mckenzie (around $15).
Core exercises also great: pilates, yoga, piyo, etc. ...Read more

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How effective are disc replacement options in lumbar spine? Cervical spine?

See below: They are safe and effective and have similar results as the clasSic ACDF their advantages over the fusion are theoretical in my opinion the Acdf has a 95% chance at relieving arm pain neither are neck pain procedures, both do a good job relieving arm pain from pinched neck nerves early adopters of new technology can be surprised by outcomes since they are not as well studied without long term ...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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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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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

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more