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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Cervical arthritis

05/09/2007

Question:

I have cervical arthritis in neck. Would that cause shoulder pain? I also get pain between my right shoulder blade and my spine and my lower back and down my left leg to my knee? I have a stent.

Is it ok to have an MRI? Thank you.

Answer:

Yes, it is possible for cervical OA to cause nerve root compression that would then cause pain radiating to the shoulder and scapular (shoulder blade) region. One might suspect a C4 or C5 nerve root. Other sources of pain could be radiation of cervical OA pain without nerve root impingement, myofascial pain, or muscular spasm/dysfunction.

As far as having an MRI with a coronary stent in place, it would depend on the type of stent and the timing of its placement. Consult with your Cardiologist for further recommendations.

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Response by:

Raymond  Hong, MD, MBA, FACR Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University