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What Does Fluid Around Cervical Cord And Degerative Disc Mean
Mri of cervical spine says there is disc space desiccation from c3c4 through c5c6 intervertebral disc space level. What does it mean?
Degenerative change: Means that the disc, which is a sort of "cushion" between the vertebral bodies, is losing elasticity due to chemical alterations in its substance, generally associated with aging and wear and tear. It is an early manifestation of degenerative disc disease/arthritis. Very common, likely not to cause symptoms as an isolated finding. No treatment per se, no follow up if this is the only finding. ...Read more
What does it mean when there's slight narrowing of c5-c6 intervertebral disc in cervical-spine xray result?
The MRI says "severe" disc herniation and spinal cord swelling and compression" what does this mean?
Not good: Your veretebrae bones are seperated by the discs. Your vertebrae make a canal that your spinal cord is protected by. If your disc has a severe herniation, then the contents of the disc are now pushing up against the spinal cord within the spinal canal. Think of your disc as a tube of toothpaste that was left open and now toothpaste is coming out. See your doctor, this needs to be addressed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does this mean? L-5 s-1 there is central disc protrusion which contacts the thecal sac and bilateral facet degenerative change thickening flavum
Disc & Facet Issues: Looks like by the verbage you gave, your MRI suggests that you have disc herniation at L5/S1. "Central" just means in the middle of the spinal canal,"bilateral facet degenerative change thickening flavum" suggests arthritis of the facet joint and the ligament that protects the spine is thickened due to that arthritis. Protrusion is just another name for a herniation. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What does it mean when MRI report say c4c5 facet arthrosis and posterior disc osteophyte complex resulting in mild effacement of the thecal sac?
The result of my MRI of cervical spine is--
1. Paracentral disk bulge at c5-6 level with right side neural canal encroachment seen
what does it mean..
C5-6 Disc: A disc herniation at c5-6 will result in symptoms from the c6 nerve root. The patern of pain and numbness usually extend into the thmb and index fingers and weakness, if present, is typically in the right biceps muscle. A nerve root block can be of benefit and if the symptoms are not improving, surgical treatment can be considered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean to have a disc protrusion at the L3-S4 and L5-S1 levels without spinal or neural foraminal stenosis?
Common finding: Disc bulging or protrusion of the disc does not correlate very well with the presence or absence of back symptoms (based upon MRI studies). Since you do not have evidence of nerve root or spinal cord compression it would suggest that your pain might be arising from lumbar facet osteoarthritis and/or myofascial pain in the lumbar muscle groups. Has an experienced physical therapist evaluated you? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a broad based bulging disc L5 S1 and multilevel facet arthropathy throughout the lumbosacral spine. What does this mean?
It means that : the disc between the 5th lumbar & 1st sacral vertebrae has developed a weak spot that allows the soft pulpy inside to bulge out. The rest has to do with the places where vertebrae connect. HEADS UP: Words really aren't enough here. ASK to review the images with the doc. You deserve an explanation in terms you understand. BUT, you also owe it to yourself to do your homework. Read up about it first. ...Read more
What does it mean when you have a Mild circumferential disc bulge, and mild facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy including small facet effusions. S?
Early degeneration: It is a degenerative condition that affects your spine motion segment, which consists of a disc and two facet joints at each level. When a disc ages it can lose its normal fluid content and can protrude out, this is sometimes known as degenerative disc disease and it is one of the more common causes of back pain. ...Read more
My MRI says diffuse disc bulge of l4-l5 intervertible disc causing ventral thecal sac indentation . disc desication of l5-s1. What does this mean? What do I need to do?
You need to...: ...ask your doc to go over the images with you & point out & explain the findings. In radiology, words are really no substitute for pictures. But don't waste your & your doctor's time by going in there cold. You owe it to yourself and him/her to do your homework first. Read up on & look at pictures of lumbar spine anatomy & pathology. Request your own copy of the image CD to study at home. ...Read more
L4-L5 Small central disc protrusion which effaces the thecal sac. What does that mean and what treatment options are there? I run and waitress.
My MRI says "spinal cord contact". Does it cause pain if an osteophyte or a disc touches the spinal cord with mild spinal canal stenosis? Thank you.
Please help! what is the difference between cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment?
Narrowing: Stenosis can be central, narrowing of the canal formed by the bony arch of the vertebrae that the spinal cord hangs in. Or it can be narrowing of the openings to the sides that the spinal nerves exit between the vertebrae. This can be caused by hypertrophy or thickening of the bony parts or the ligament along the back of the vertebral bodies or the discs pushing into the spaces or a combination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does mild degenerative disc osteophytic bulging c5-6 and c6-7 which indent the CSF anteriorly indicate?
Small right paracentral disc protrusion with facet arthropathy without neural compromise. What does this mean?
Arthritis in spine: When I see this report from a radiologist it means that the person has some degeneration of the spine. The spine wears out in a well described manner typically. The cartilage of the disk dries out followed by facet joint hypertrophy. If we look at this from an imaging MRI standpoint; we will see a protruding or bulging disk and enlargement of the facet joints. Treatment is only for symptoms. ...Read more
Mri- c5-6 there is apparent central bony bar abutting the ventral cervical cord. What does this mean?
May mean nothing : The bar is a bone spur. Caused by disc degeneration at that level. It is a common finding and may not mean anything clinically. The important question is whether or not there is actual spinal cord compression. Per your question, it sounds as if the spinal canal is narrowed a bit (stenosis), but there is not any spinal cord compression. Frequently, pt and traction can be of benefit. ...Read more
What does minimal posterior annular bulges at l4-5 and l5-s1 level mean. Spinal canal, neural foramina and nerveroots are normal? How serious is this?
Mri test shows loss of spinal height & signal spinal stenosis narrowing of spinal canal diffused disc bluge in contact with thecal sac neural formina narrowed bilatery what treatment do you recommend?
Fuse L4/S1 Feb 2014. MRI this month: L3/4: There is mild disc Desiccation, disc bulge, and posterior annual tear. What does this mean?
Back pain: You are developing breakdown or arthritis at the level above the fusion. The fusion acts as a lever and puts extra stress on the adjacent level. A CT scan of the lumbar spine can determine if the fusion is solid and the hardware is not broken/loose. Arthritis and back pain can occur at the level above the fusion (L3/4) or below the fusion (sacroiliac joints). See your spine surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more
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