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Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more


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I've recently had an MRI of my cervical spine and will not see he dr. To review until monday. It shows generalizd posterior disc bulge that combines with bilateral uncovertebrlregion hypertrophy t create mild to moderate bilateral foraminal and mild centr

I've recently had an MRI of my cervical spine and will not see he dr. To review until monday. It shows generalizd posterior disc bulge that combines with bilateral uncovertebrlregion hypertrophy t create mild to moderate bilateral foraminal and mild centr

See below...: With age we all unfortunately lose water and cartilage in our discs. This can cause the discs to bulge and is commonly seen on mri. Disc bulges and bone spurs from the uncovertebral joints that compress nerves can cause arm pain, weakness, and numbness. I would follow-up with your doctor to determine if your symptoms are related to the changes seen on mri. ...Read more

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Cervical spine MRI shows Disc osteophyte complex & facet & ligamentous hypertrophy from C5-C7, effacing & narrowing the thecal sac to 8.4mm. Explain..

Cervical spine MRI shows Disc osteophyte complex & facet & ligamentous hypertrophy from C5-C7, effacing & narrowing the thecal sac to 8.4mm. Explain..

Arthritis.: Basically, these findings represent osteoarthritic changes of the cervical spine. These findings need to be interpreted with respect to your medical history. Arthritis elsewhere? Any history of trauma to the neck? Overweight? ...Read more

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What are the causes of reactive end plate changes in the cervical spine?

Aging/activity: As we get older we develop some degree of osteoarthritis in many of our joints. The speed of these changes depends on the wear and tear/trauma or how much activity we have and are enduring. Reactive endplate changes may be considered some of the earliest changes in osteoarthritis we can get. In my opinion theses are common in people in their 40's and do not mean severe disease is going to occur. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a. Thoracic spine injury overlooked cause rapid degenerative changes in the cervical spine?

Is it possible for a. Thoracic spine injury overlooked cause rapid degenerative changes in the cervical spine?

Probably not: Degenerative changes are most common in the cervical and lumbar spine. I doubt old injury to thoracic spine had any effect unless cervical spine injured at same time. ...Read more

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"what is a cervical spine neuroma, what causes it? And how is it treated? "

"what is a cervical spine neuroma, what causes it? And how is it treated? "

Benign nerve growth: A neuroma is a benign tumor or overgrowth of nerve cells which may grow from the nerve or be due to a focal injury. Neuromas can occur anywhere a nerve is. A cervical spine neuroma arises from nerves exiting the spine in the neck region. Many are small, and cause no problem. Larger ones or ones affecting muscle and pain function need evaluation. Your neurologist can help. ...Read more

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What can cause cervical spine instability and what would be the symptoms?

Varies: Cervical spine instability can be caused by injury, arthritic degeneration, and ligamentous laxity. Symptoms vary, but can include neck pain, headaches, and possibly pain running into the arm. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for a straight cervical spine and how is this caused?

What is the medical term for a straight cervical spine and how is this caused?

Loss of lordosis: Commonly cervical spine straightening is called loss of lordotic curve. This is most commonly caused by a neck spasm. But can also be due to degenerative disc in the neck or severe arthritis that causes the neck to lose that natural curve. ...Read more

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I was asked to go for a.P.& lateral of the cervical spine. The result was that cervical spine is normal. Spondylotic changes are seen in vertebrae?

Spondylosis: Spondylosis or spondylitic changes are difficult names for arthritis or early degenerative changes in the spine. Very typical, and early on, rarely responsible for pain as they are normal sign of getting older (sorry!). ...Read more

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How can a tumor in the cervical spine cause trouble running or walking?

How can a tumor in the cervical spine cause trouble running or walking?

Compression/of spina: Spinal cord can be compressed due to the tumor either by damage to the vertebra or direct invasion of the cord by the tumor. Any pressure on the spinal cord can cause paralysis of the limbs. ...Read more

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What can cause your apical ligament tear in your cervical spine if you were never in an accident or had any other neck?

What can cause your apical ligament tear in your cervical spine if you were never in an accident or had any other neck?

Old injury: It would be unlikely to have a tear like that without some previous injury. At 27, the injury could have been decades ago, but recently discovered. Calcification of injuries is more common in those over 30, so the injury at your age is difficult to "date." ...Read more

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Does reverse cervical spine cause leg pain and numbness?

Varies: The term "reverse cervical spine" as you put is an incomplete statement. What we often see is a reversal of the normal cervical lordosis and that describes an x-ray finding in which the neck is straightened. Somewhat. Either neck or back problems are among the multiple potential causes of numbness in the legs. An MRI can be useful to further evaluate. Thank you. ...Read more

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My recent MRI of cervical spine shows reactive end plate changes. What does that mean and and shoukd I be concerned?

No there should be: No reason to be concerned as this just reflects that there are degenerative changes going on which is fairly universal as we age but can be present more in certain patients based on genetics and habits such as smoking. ...Read more

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My cervical spine has lots of problems like spinal stenosis. Coukd that cause pain in the upper back on right? Pain present one year

Possibly: Upper back pain can be muscular, can be neck related, can be cervical spine related, or could even be from an internal issue (lung, etc). Try topical heat treatment, massage, hot shower, ben-gay and if not better, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Very stringy and tense muscles of cervical spine can cause littles spasms of the larynx?

Very stringy and tense muscles of cervical spine can cause littles spasms of the larynx?

NO: There is no connection between the muscles of the neck itself and the larynx!
Hope this answers your question. ..if not ask again. I'll watch for it! ...Read more

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What can bring about early degenerative changes in my cervical spine? Serious neck pain and straight cervical curvature with herniated disks

What can bring about early degenerative changes in my cervical spine? Serious neck pain and straight cervical curvature with herniated disks

Many things: As an example, family history of early degenerative arthritis, type of activity that you engage in and trauma. Please see you family physician. ...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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Can cervical spine root damage cause permanent paralysis in your entire body? From c1-c8? Can a pinched nerve in this area cause full body paralysis?

Can cervical spine root damage cause permanent paralysis in your entire body? From c1-c8? Can a pinched nerve in this area cause full body paralysis?

Not really.: Spinal CORD runs from brain down spine encased in column of vertebral bones. Spinal NERVE exits between bones providing movement and sensation to a very specific body area. Damage to NERVE can produce loss of function and sensation only in a local area. Damage to CORD can produce loss of function and sensation below the level of the injury. Injury above C4 paralyses respiration - often fatal ...Read more

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Can a cervical spine reverse curvature cause pain/numbness/tingling in my left limbs?

Can a cervical spine reverse curvature cause pain/numbness/tingling in my left limbs?

Cervical spine.: Normal cervical spine has a forward curvature (lordosis). Reversal of cervical lordosis usually means cervical muscle spasm. It may lead to pain with the muscle spasm. The other symptoms described are the result of the underlying problem which also causes the reversal of curvature such as cervical spondylosis or slipped discs. ...Read more

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Can't find reason for excessive fatigue. My spine mess-could central apnea be caused by my diseased cervical spine?

Not cervical spine: Central sleep apnea is caused by brain control center and is rare although possible. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common and is related to obesity. Overnight pulse ox can diagnose either problem. CPAP is treatment. Now, cardiac problems can also cause fatigue such as ischemic heart disease. Do you have good sleep hygiene? Look at the basics first and correct. May need sleep study, echo etc. ...Read more

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Can loss of cervical spine lordosis cause severe neck and sholder pain, as well as, pain in my pinky and ringer fingers?

Possibly: Increased pressure on your facets (joints) in your neck from the loss of lordosis can cause neck pain. The pain in your pinky and EMG finger can be from foraminal stenosis which can cause a pinched nerve in the neck. Physical therapy is a good start for treatment. ...Read more

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Can reversed lordotic alignment of the cervical spine cause moderate to severe pain and muscle spasms between the shoulder blades?

Possibly: This is something that radiologists comment on as well as chiropractors. The cervical spine should have a normal lordotic curve. If the neck is straight or reversed in X-ray this could be normal for a patient but us abnormal statistically. You really cannot diagnose the source of pain from X-ray or MRI. If the symptoms have persisted greater than two weeks then it is time to see your Doc. ...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?

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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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


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