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What does it mean if my neck X-ray is almost completely straight?

What does it mean if my neck X-ray is almost completely straight?

See below: Normally the cervical spine (neck) has a slight curve. An x-ray that shows a straight neck could be a sign of muscle spasm or correction for poor posture. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Other symptoms?: Cracking or popping joints aren't necessarily abnormal. If there is pain in the neck or arm or numbness/tingling in the arm then there may be a bigger problem., but usually that requires an MRI to investigate. ...Read more

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Does your shoulders appear in a neck x-ray?

Does your shoulders appear in a neck x-ray?

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

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Felt something pull in my neck while doing a neck x-ray?

Felt something pull in my neck while doing a neck x-ray?

Did it hurt?: Pulling is not necessarily bad. Try stretching exercises. You might also try a heating pad. ...Read more

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I always have neck pain. It pains when I twist my neck. My X-ray report shows no problem.

I always have neck pain. It pains when I twist my neck. My X-ray report shows no problem.

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

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Neck injury: X-ray will not show small hair line fractures. Injury can depend how bad the fall was. See your doctor to be further evaluated. You will need blood work to evaluate what kind is arthritis you have. ...Read more

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What does an abnormal X-ray on neck mean?

What does an abnormal X-ray on neck mean?

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

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A question about a neck X-ray test. Is it from front or back?

A question about a neck X-ray test. Is it from front or back?

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

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What X-ray is the best to determine any neck or spine problems?

What X-ray is the best to determine any neck or spine problems?

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

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Could someone please tell me what this neck X-ray report means: spur?

Could someone please tell me what this neck X-ray report means: spur?

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

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I am 20/F, x ray shows CURVATURE STRAIGHTENED. Continuous pain on neck. Please help.?

I am 20/F, x ray shows CURVATURE STRAIGHTENED. Continuous pain on neck. Please help.?

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

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How do they protect your neck from radiation, when you get a neck x ray?

How do they protect your neck from radiation, when you get a neck x ray?

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

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A question about a neck X-ray test. Can they see any nerves or spinal cord details?

No.: Routine neck x-rays ca: 1. See if you have spurs. 2. See disc space narrowing. 3. Can see if the nerve root openings are smaller than normal because of spurs.

However, you cannot see the nerves or spinal cord. Mri or ct necessary. ...Read more

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An X-ray indicated I have anterior osteophytes on C5 & C 6 on my neck. Please explain?

An X-ray indicated I have anterior osteophytes on C5 & C 6 on my neck. Please explain?

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

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I have pain left side of my neck, in X-ray some gap between I don't know exactly the name...When I m using computer more that time more pain, any sugg.

Nerve root: Sound like you have an irritated nerve root from using your computer and possibly other repetitive motions that you do. Rest, changing your work station and anti inflamatories are helpful, see your doctor before you do anything. ...Read more

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Does an X-ray detect a tumor/cancer in the neck?

Does an X-ray detect a tumor/cancer in the neck?

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

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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?

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

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Can an X-ray of the head and neck after a carwreck pick up carotid blockages?

Can an X-ray of the head and neck after a carwreck pick up carotid blockages?

No: A plain x-ray may show calcification but it will not be able quantify stenosis in the carotid artery. A ct angiogram on the other hand will definitely be able to see "blockages". Other common test to evaluate the carotid arteries are ultrasonography (carotid duplex). ...Read more

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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?

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?

No: Mri shows the anatomy of the spinal cord tissue. X-ray does not, but may show pathology which may account for symptoms, unrelated to a question of ms. ...Read more

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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?

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

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In 2010 I had a back injury with no degenerative disease. Can that be the cause of retrolisthesis? Neck x-ray, 2011, negative results

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

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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".

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".

Incidental: That is an anatomic variant which would not cause symptoms, really what you say is an incidental finding. If symptoms persist may need an MRI to look into it further. ...Read more

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My neck X-ray results say I have reversal of the cervical lordosis. What does that mean? Is it serious?

My neck X-ray results say I have reversal of the cervical lordosis. What does that mean? Is it serious?

Spasm due to pain: Most often it is a benign finding due to spasm. Spasm may be due to muscle sprain or underlying subtle fracture. So, the bottom line is, if the pain continues beyond a few days, you may need additional studies to exclude subtle injuries. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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