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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Arthritis and Rheumatism
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.
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.
Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University