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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! Good Like Hope this helps! DrZ ...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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Hi, Lateral cervical spine, Loss of normal cervical lordosis. Evidence of spondylotic changes C5/6 with posterior osteophyte formation?

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Lateral cervical spine, Loss of normal cervical lordosis. Evidence of spondylotic changes C5/6 with posterior osteophyte formation?

Loss: of cervical lordosis means straightening of the normal curve of the cervical spine. It can simply be positional or do to muscle spasm. Spondylotic changes basically mean degenerative arthritic changes at that level. ...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 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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Hi sir, I have severe pain in shoulder blades and neck, X-rays revealed straightening of C spine, Marginal Osteophyte in CV5, Marginal lipping at CV6?

Hi sir, I have severe pain in shoulder blades and neck, X-rays revealed straightening of C spine, Marginal Osteophyte in CV5, Marginal lipping at CV6?

Pain: Be careful of treating x Rays only. I need a good physical exam to determine possible pain generators and conservative treatment probably also need thoracic xray with pain around shoulder blades ...Read more

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When you have a osteophyte formation does that cause your knee to clunk and give way?

When you have a osteophyte formation does that cause your knee to clunk and give way?

Arthritis: Sounds like you had xray showing arthritis. Pain meds and physical therapy focusing on quadriceps strengthening exercises is initial treatment followed by steroid shot, MRI and possibly surgery. ...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


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