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What Causes Hypertrophic Cervical Spine Changes
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
Mri reports says --- uncinate and foramenal hypertrophy in the cervical spine. What does this mean?
Arthritis: They are arthritic overgrowth of bone in the fine structures of the cervical spine. ...Read more
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
MRI cervical spine shows mild narrowing thecal sac at c5-c6, minimal bulge with joint hypertrophy. What does that mean?
Cervical spine MRI shows Disc osteophyte complex & facet & ligamentous hypertrophy from C5-C7, effacing & narrowing the thecal sac to 8.4mm. Explain..
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
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
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
Is narrowing of the cervical spine near the neck caused by thrama durning delivery of a baby? She was born face presentation with a lot of tugging.
Unlikely: But it can be a genetic trait if their members in the family have a narrow spinal canal. ...Read more
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
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
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
My cervical spine has lots of problems like spinal stenosis. Coukd that cause pain in the upper back on right? Pain present one year
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
In noncontrast mri-cervical spine with cvj " early degenerative changes in c2-3, c3-4 and c4-5 has noted"what disease I am suffering from?
U need to see: An orthopedic physician for evaluation and work up. ...Read more
What can bring about early degenerative changes in my cervical spine? Serious neck pain and straight cervical curvature with herniated disks
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
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
How specific can differing levels of spinal compression of the nerves cause other conditions? I have had ant/post Cervical spine fusion & dissection
Very specific: Symptoms are directly related to which nerves or anatomic regions of the spinal cord are being compressed ...Read more
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
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
Can loss of cervical spine lordosis cause severe neck and sholder pain, as well as, pain in my pinky and ringer fingers?
I have cervical spine stenosis at c2 and c3, can it cause problems with tripping up stairs. What could be done to fix it.
Yes: Yes, can constrict spinal cord and cause many problems. See spinal neurosurgeon for advice. ...Read more
What would NEUROLOGIST do when he sees my MRI mild Bulging n Herniation in lower n cervical spine and mild degenerative changes. Iam very symptomatic?
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
Hi, Lateral cervical spine, Loss of normal cervical lordosis. Evidence of spondylotic changes C5/6 with posterior osteophyte formation?
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