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Straight Neck X Ray
My 50 year old male neck makes an audible crack each time I look to the right while looking straight ahead. Can I get an opinion on my x-ray?
Hello doctor, I'm a 23 year old girl and I have been suffering from back and neck pain since I was 15. A couple of weeks ago I got an X-ray and the doctor said my back was fine but I had a straight cervical curve which is causing the pain. I have been suf
Back, neck pain: With you normal X-rays, I would recommend a stretching program....yoga poses can be of value if done routinely on a daily basis. ...Read more
No: Not usually. Cervical x-rays only focus on the cervical spine. Any other parts that show up would be very partial at most, and hard to interpret. Separate specific shoulder views would be needed. ...Read more
Did it hurt?: Pulling is not necessarily bad. Try stretching exercises. You might also try a heating pad. ...Read more
Cervical conditions: This may represent a cervical disc problem, especially if you've had prior neck trauma (? Mva). A cervical MRI will confirm this. Nerve compression is the source of the pain, and will worsen with certain twisting positions. Traction of the neck/head may produce temporary relief. ...Read more
What is myofascial pain? Dr didn't explain. X-ray shows complete straightening of neck. Could this be the cause?
Myofascial pain: Myofascial pain is a fancy way to describe muscle pain. The fascia is the connective tissue that covers the muscles. This tissue can be damaged by injury, infection, inflammation and trigger points arise. The actual sites of the injury or strain prompts the development of these trigger points in turn causing pain elsewhere, aka referred pain. Yoga will help your neck regain proper curvature. ...Read more
Would neck x-ray tell if growth plates are completely closed. Ie, if one had 1cm of total growth left could neck growth plates appear closed on x ray?
Bone age: Accurate bone age is determined by looking at a left hand X-ray and comparing the findings to a bone age atlas. You can also determine if there is any growth remaining by looking at a APPelvis Xray (Risser Stage) as well as knee X-rays. ...Read more
I have neck pain from a recent fall. An X-ray didn't show a break, but it hurts to move my neck to the side or up and down. How to decrease the pain?
Lots of Things:
Do you mean cervical spine? Abnormal could include fractures, disc narrowing, arthritic changes, destructive lesions from infection or cancer, osteoporosis, etc.
Do you mean the soft tissues of the neck? Abnormal could mean calcifications of lymph nodes or carotid arteries, swelling of the soft tissues in back of the throat, foreign bodies in the airway or esophagus, etc. Lots of things. ...Read more
Multiple views: Depending on what they are looking for, a neck x-ray study may look from the front (ap), from the back (pa), the side (lateral), a diagonal (oblique) or even other views. Often a ct is ordered, in which case many of these views are obtained simultaneously. It depends on the reason for the study and what needs to be seen. ...Read more
It depends of course: Simplest view is lateral neck x-ray which actually shows a lot of information. For more in-depth evaluation, oblique views show foramina where nerve roots exit. Flexion extension views show instability. For the most amount of information without radiation, a cervical MRI shows the most, but is very expensive and should be reserved for difficult cases. ...Read more
Likely bony spur.: Bony spurs develop as one gets older, from wear and tear on joints, etc. This can also happen in the neck and spinal column. They are important to note since they can be near nerves, etc. And may have to be removed. ...Read more
Neck Pain: The straightened curvature in your neck on X-ray is a sign of pain and muscle spasm. You may be helped with a soft neck collar to relieve some of the spasm, muscle relaxants and pain medications like ibuprofen. Physical therapy also would be appropriate. Work with your doctor and your X-ray soon will be normal again. ...Read more
Strain: Hopefully you just strained a muscle.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: They can't shield the neck, because then they couldn't do the X-ray. They will narrow the beam (collimate) to be sure that only the necessary region is xrayed ...Read more
Osteophytes: Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/bone-spurs/basics/definition/con-20024478. Osteophytes are medical term for bone spurs. Most are asymptomatic (don't cause symptoms). So it's very important that you review your xrays w/doc who ordered them in order to interpret them in the right context. This applies to all tests. We treat patients, not numbers or xrays per se. Best wishes! ...Read more
Not exactly: X-rays help you detect abnormalities such as a mass that is not normal but they do not tell you what that mass is. In order to figure this out you need to have a biopsy. The tissue obtained at the time of a biopsy is then reviewed by a pathologist who can help identify whether the mass is consistent with cancer. Other imaging tests like ct scans or MRI can be more helpful in delineating anatomy. ...Read more
My friend got an X-ray on her back and they seen a white dot on her neck and we wanted to know what it could be?
Hard to say: One would need to review the images and the report to advise on the finding. Setting up an appointment with a radiologist is your best option. ...Read more
I had a neck X-ray today to look for lesions of multiple sclerosis. I wasn't aware they could be seen on an x-ray? Can they?
What to do if I have bad head, neck, face, chest pains, stiffness, heavyness. Took a X-ray. Please tell me if I'm normal?
Need more info:
Your symptoms are very broad. I would need to know what kind of xray was done. Also where is the stiffness?
Which symptom is the worst?
Is the heaviness in your chest or your arms/legs? ...Read more
In 2010 I had a back injury with no degenerative disease. Can that be the cause of retrolisthesis? Neck x-ray, 2011, negative results
Soft tissue injuries: Chronic widespread pain in neck, low back, and arm might be a manifestation of fibromyalgia. Retrolithesis as result of an acute mechanical injury to the low back or neck is unusual, and if it occurred would be exceedingly painful and potentially surgical. One interpretation of these signs and symptoms is chronic muscle spasms. Retrolithesis can often be asymptomatic and a "red herring". ...Read more
Sir, I am suffering with pain in neck and head. I went thru x-ray for the same. In report "transverse process of C7 is prominent bilateral".
My neck X-ray results say I have reversal of the cervical lordosis. What does that mean? Is it serious?
Hi I'm 18 and I have a doctors appointment in 4 weeks. When I show him the lump in my neck will he offer a biopsy or x-Ray? Do I have to ask?
Usually ultrasound: If lump is present in neck and is soft tissue and not bone, usually ultrasound is performed as initial diagnosis. US usually differentiates cystic from solid masses. If mass appears benign and typical for a lymph node or sebaceous cyst nothing may be done except for follow up. If solid mass may require biopsy for pathologic diagnosis Sometimes MRI is also used to better define abnormality. ...Read more
Hi a friend of mine told me that when a doctor wants to find out if a person has dissociative identity disorder they take a X-ray of the neck?
No: Dissociative disorders are diagnosed through history and interview, not through xrays or laboratory methods. The process of ruling out certain physical conditions may include various diagnostic studies (including x-rays) though. Such physical conditions may accompany, complicate, or be mistaken for dissociative episodes -- think of problems like seizure disorders, hypothyroidism, etc. ...Read more